A HOME Office policy which gives migrants as little as 72 hours’ notice of deportation is lawful, the High Court has ruled.
Campaign group Medical Justice challenged the removal notice window policy, claiming it is impossible for people who do not already have a lawyer to obtain one.
Mr Justice Freedman said that the Home Office had “curtailed or removed the right of access to court to challenge (its) decisions”.
He said: “It is not a question of denying access to justice because of the need to be able to devise and operate an effective and lawful system of immigration.
“It is a question of understanding what access to justice means. It does not mean that the courts can be accessed at any time and without any restriction.”
He ruled that the Home Office had included “a whole series of safeguards” in the policy.
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The judge added: “The logical implication of the approach contended for by the claimant would be that individuals should be entitled to provoke and then to challenge decisions indefinitely.
“Thus undermining the ability of the (Home Office) to operate a reasonable and effective removal policy.”
But Medical Justice was given permission to appeal alongside a similar challenge to the policy, which is due to be heard in mid-October.
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OURS is the most welcoming country in Europe and probably the world.
But that deserved reputation is sullied every time an EU citizen, here legally, is put through the fear of wrongly having their “settled status” claim denied.
The Left hate any notion that our nation is more tolerant and diverse than others. All other Brits are fascists, you see.
Consider, though, the 27 new commission members at the EU, that great “liberal” project of Remainer fantasy. Every single one is white. One is responsible for “Protecting our European Way of Life”.
Now imagine the Left’s rage if Boris Johnson appointed an all-white Cabinet and a Minister for “Protecting our British Way of Life”. They would equate the Tories to the Ku Klux Klan.
In fact, Boris hired the most ethnically diverse Cabinet in history. His Chancellor and Home Secretary are British Asians.
And his immigration pronouncements are far more liberal than Theresa May’s. But his Government MUST live up to them.
Boris insists all EU citizens legally here have “the absolute certainty for the right to live and remain”.
Very few applications are refused and those that are get smoothed out . . . eventually. But each one IS a nightmare for the migrants involved and rightly publicised.
They are not the sign of a hard-right Government, as the Guardian types want us to believe. But they ARE unfair.
Home Secretary Priti Patel must get a grip on it. Home Office errors must be eliminated or at least rapidly corrected.
And negligent officials must be fired.
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