Thanks to Regional Asylum Activism, there are a number of things you can do before the Immigration Bill returns to the House of Commons on Monday 25th April to debate the Lords’ amendments. They report:
The Bill will be debated in the House of Commons this Monday 25th April, giving us just one week to tell our MPs that we want them to support key amendments that will make significant improvement to the lives of people seeking refugee protection. Whether you email your MP, call their surgery or tweet them, make sure you take action today!
The Bill has passed Report Stage in the House of Lords and there are 4 really positive proposals which MPs can vote on when it returns to the House of Commons on Monday 25th April
What positive changes can MPs vote for?
Now is the time to contact your MP and ask them to go to the vote on Monday and agree to these 4 positive amendments:
* To accept 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who are currently in Europe. Amendment 87.
* To give asylum seekers permission to work if their claim for asylum is not processed by the Home Office within six months. Amendment 59.
* To introduce automatic judicial oversight of detention and require the Home Secretary to gain permission from the courts to detain an individual for longer than 28 days. Amendment 84.
* To introduce an absolute exclusion on the detention of pregnant women, in line with recommendations in the recent Shaw Review
The full list of amendments can be seen by clicking here.
For further information see the Save the Children briefing here on relocating unaccompanied children; the Still Human Still Here Permission to Work briefing here; and the Detention Forum briefing here on Briefing Paper on Amendments 84 and 85.
This is an amazing opportunity to call on MPs across the country to say ‘Refugees Welcome Here’!
Take Action Today!!
Tweet your MP!
“(MPs twitter handle) Will you support amendments to the #immigrationbill to relocate 3,000 refugee children & let asylum seekers work? #letthemwork”
Top Tip: Click here to find your MPs twitter handle!
Email your MP!
We’ve got a new model email (found here) that you can adapt and send to your MP. Get writing as soon as you can, as the Bill will be debated in the Commons on Monday 25th April.
Top Tip: Click here to find out who your local MP is!