UKIP’s Immigration Spokesman, Paul Oakley, speaking exclusively to Politicalite, has condemned the “blatant cruelty” of the Conservative government over the deportation of long-standing British residents to Jamaica.
The deportees include Twane Morgan, who is a veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan who suffers with PTSD. Morgan was detained last month and is currently being held in Colnbrook detention center and although it is not clear whether he will be on a chartered flight scheduled for this week, the threat of deportation is still hanging over his head. According to Jamaican media, 50 deportees are due to be sent to Jamaica on 6 February, some on chartered flights.
Official Home Office sources say the deportations are due to criminal convictions of the deportees:
“Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.”
However, they have been long-term residents of the UK and many have children. Also, the convictions are for offences such as dangerous driving. 22-year-old Chevon Brown, who came to the UK when he was 14 and received a deportation order after a dangerous driving conviction. Questionably, the Home Office claimed he is “not integrated” despite having an English partner:
“I had plans to live in the UK for the rest of my life, my missus is here, she’s English. I’ve accepted the English way of life.
“But this experience means I’ve been segregated from all my friends. They’re portraying me like I’m a danger to society.”
Mr Oakley said that these people have “paid their debt to society”;
“These people are neither murderers nor a threat to our national security. They have paid their debts to society and should be left in peace with their families in their British homes. This is blatant cruelty on the part of the Conservative government. There’s no other way to describe it.”