Glasgow North West MP, Carol Monaghan, has said she is ‘deeply disappointed’ as the UK Government reaffirms its commitment to dawn raids.
Monaghan wrote to Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis MP on 4th August, after a constituent was detained by Home Office officials and police officers at 7am.
In response, the Minister stated that the Home Office did not consider anything later than 6.30am to be a ‘dawn raid’, nor would they refuse to rule out raids at earlier times.
The policy of dawn raids has long been condemned by human rights organisations and is strongly objected to by the Scottish Government.
Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said:
“I wrote to the Immigration Minister at the start of August about the UK Government’s policy of dawn raids, after one of my constituents was detained by Home Office officials and police officers at 7am.
“I find this response from the Minister deeply disappointing. As far as the Home Office is concerned, they would not consider anything later than 6.30am to be a ‘dawn raid’ nor would they refuse to rule out raids at earlier times, despite the policy being condemned by human rights organisations and strongly objected to by the Scottish Government.
“Given that the Home Office had no intention to remove my constituent from the country, to detain them at 7am was, by their own justification, completely unnecessary and needlessly distressing.
“I will continue to speak out against this appalling and inhumane practice for as long as it takes to finally bring it to an end.”
You can read Carol’s letter to the Immigration Minister below:
You can read the Immigration Minister’s response below: