Simran’s story strongly rebuts the fallacy that the UK is a ‘soft touch’ for refugees. The hostile environment is not a slogan, it is the reality for thousands of people.
If a time limit for immigration detention is implemented, excluding people with previous convictions, then that time limit is fundamentally unfair and sets a dangerous precedent.
The Stansted 15 were acting to uphold justice, not to contravene it. The state must not be able to use sweeping powers granted for the so-called fight against international terrorism to aid its agenda elsewhere.