Activists complain that automatic deportations following jail sentences leave British children without fathers,
A procedure that critics argue is systemically discriminatory and legitimizes child torture, the Home Office refuses to investigate the compulsory separation of black British families caught up in the criminal justice system. People who are not British nationals and receive a jail sentence of more than 12 months are automatically selected for deportation under a 13-year-old statute. This strategy has resulted in hundreds of individuals, mostly men, being placed on charter flights to Jamaica and leaving their British children behind in the U.K. Despite reports of substantial harm to children, while considering the expulsion of a parent, the Home Office has ruled out an official investigation into the effect on minors and families. A collective of mothers, wives, husbands, sisters and aunts, including members and descendants of the Windrush generation, has now been created to campaign for the effects on children to be officially investigated in cases of forced relocation. A statement sent to the Home Office by Families for Justice ahead of the last deportation flight to Jamaica in December said, “Our children have been professionally neglected and inexplicably made to feel unwelcome in the country we call home. The British birthrights of our children have been ignored. We are saddened by the systematic disregard for the mental health of our children and the unconsciousness of the mental health of our children.” After being caught selling drugs and losing his employment because he did not have a social security number, his father was deported to Jamaica a decade ago.
His teenage sister had written to the Interior Ministry before Jaden’s murder, saying that the expulsion of their father had triggered “catastrophic heartbreak” in the family, but that it was Jaden who had needed him most. Although the organisation includes Windrush survivors, it received no response when it wrote to Home Secretary Kevin Foster last June on Windrush Day to complain about “this law that tears apart British families and communities.” Bella Sankey, director of the Detention Action campaign group, said, “The cruelty of separating children from loving parents without listening to their opinions and carefully listening to their views.”
Last year, for a non-violent crime, Sammy’s father, Chris, was deported to Jamaica. The 17-year-old found out the day before when she came home from school, and her mother told her to quickly pack a bag to take to the deportation center.
Sammy had to say goodbye for five minutes: “I felt numb and I still do.”
It feels like he’s gone, it really does,” she said. “I wish people could imagine what it had to be like for him. He’s all alone. No one is around. He can’t even hug us or pick us up from school.’ The plight of her twin brothers, who are at risk of deportation to different countries even though they were born in London, was identified by another member of the party, Freya Roberts.
Darrell Roberts, 24, obtained a deportation notice from the Home Office offering to return him to the Dominican Republic after serving a prison sentence, but the family claims the notice was possibly meant to apply to Dominica, the home country of their father. His twin brother Darren has been informed that he is facing deportation to Grenada, the birthplace of their mother. My brothers and several others like them have failed. At the age of 13, the brothers were taken into care after their mother and uncle were