Atrocity of the 139 arrested suspect illegal immigrants
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On the 1st of August the Home Office ordered an operation which resulted in 139 ‘suspected illegal immigrants’ being arrested on the street. Twitter updates from the official Home Office account were published throughout the day, detailing the number of ‘#immigrationoffenders’ and posting pictures of some of the arrestees. This was an absolute wrong. It was amoral and offensive on many levels. My first issue is the targeting of illegal immigrants. I fail understand why immigrants are faced with such distain from a percentage of the British public. We are all humans. We are one race. If someone judges another simply because they are different, then an education of other cultures is required. Personally, I am of the firm belief that our country should operate with open borders. If someone believes that the Britain offers them more opportunity than their own country, then why should we prevent them that opportunity? Why should we make the benefits of living in our country exclusive to those born here or able to obtain a visa? On top of this, an illegal immigrant has risked a lot to get to Britain. They have left behind all they knew, they have travelled a great distance, they have evaded border control and they have had to start a life in a country that is entirely new to them. This cannot be easy for anyone. Added to this the fact that illegal immigrants in Britain will usually have very little funds and they are here with no legal documents which inhibits their work opportunities immediately. Once here, they are trying to do enough to, quite simply, stay alive. They do not need to be hunted down. What happened on Thursday was a witch hunt. It was a misplaced show of force. It was the coalition’s cowardly way of desperately trying to win back the favour of socially right wing voters. Instead they have publicly humiliated 139 fellow humans whose crimes were believing that it was worth risking everything to live in Britain.
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