Is this what our country has become? asks George Smid, an EMUK activist.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that EU citizens are being detained and mistreated at the UK border. Ana, an Italian citizen, was handcuffed at Luton airport and denied her medicine. Marta, also from Italy, was detained and deported without cause. EU citizens travelling to the UK for job interviews – perfectly legal under the rules – are being deprived of their liberty.
And last week UK citizens including myself, were sent a letter telling us: “You need to apply for an immigration status to carry on being eligible for benefits, access free healthcare and to have the right to work in the UK after June 2021.” Just because we were born in an EU country. I told the Guardian:
“I arrived to the UK 40 years ago. I am a British passport holder for over 30 years. I don’t understand why I am, together with other British nationals, singled out as a foreigner and our right to reside here are suddenly questioned.”
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More and more people are getting dragged into the government’s hostile environment policy – a policy designed to make life impossible for undocumented migrants.
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Featured image via Jon Worth Euroblog