Migrants’ Rights Network: Immigration Bill: Save the changes
The Immigration Bill is due to return to the House of Commons in April, having been left largely unchanged in its progress through the lower chamber first time around.
The House of Lords showed more compassion, however, and succeeded in:
- amending the Bill to let asylum seekers work in this country if their claims are not determined within the Home Office target time of six months
- passing an amendment which allows overseas domestic workers to change employer
- voting through by a massive margin a measure which will provide desperately needed sanctuary for 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have fled their homes and find themselves uncared for in refugee camps across Europe
Campaigners, including MRN, are set to try and preserve these changes and to argue for measures which respect the human rights of migrants and refugees.
See the progress of the Bill here: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2015-16/immigration.html
This is the latest version: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2015-2016/0109/16109.pdf:
60 Immigration detention: time limit and judicial oversight
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, a person may not be detained under any of the relevant powers—
(a) for a period longer than 28 days; or
(b) for periods of longer than 28 days in aggregate.
(2) The First-tier Tribunal may—
(a) extend a period of detention; or
(b) further extend a period of detention, for such a period as is determined, on application made by the Secretary of State, on the basis that the exceptional circumstances of the case require extended detention.
(3) The First-tier Tribunal has the power to review an extended period of detention without requiring the Secretary of State to make a new application.
(4) This section does not apply to a person who—
(a) has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment for a term of 12 months or longer; or
(b) the Secretary of State has determined shall be deported
Immigration Bill The report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 116A. Amendment 116A was agreed to (see division 1). Amendment 121 was disagreed to (see division 2). Amendment 122 was disagreed to (see division 3). Amendment 122A was disagreed to (see division 4). Amendment 144B was disagreed to. Amendments 119, 123, 124 to 139, 141 to 143, 145, 146 to 150, 152 and 153 were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 109)