Early day motion 1182

INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF HOME OFFICE IMMIGRATION POLICY AND PRACTICE

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Total number of signatures: 90

Amesbury, Mike Bardell, Hannah Benn, Hilary Blackford, Ian
Brake, Tom Brown, Alan Buck, Karen Burden, Richard
Chapman, Douglas Cherry, Joanna Coaker, Vernon Cowan, Ronnie
Cruddas, Jon Cunningham, Jim Davey, Edward Davies, Geraint
Day, Martyn De Cordova, Marsha Docherty, Martin Doughty, Stephen
Edwards, Jonathan Ellman, Louise Evans, Chris Farrelly, Paul
Farron, Tim Fellows, Marion Flynn, Paul Frith, James
Gaffney, Hugh Gapes, Mike Godsiff, Roger Grady, Patrick
Green, Kate Harman, Harriet Hayes, Helen Hendry, Drew
Hepburn, Stephen Hermon, Lady Hill, Mike Hobhouse, Wera
Hollern, Kate Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Jardine, Christine
Lake, Ben Lamb, Norman Lammy, David Linden, David
Lloyd, Stephen Lucas, Caroline Lucas, Ian MacNeil, Angus
Martin, Sandy McCabe, Steve McDonald, Stewart McDonald, Stuart
McKinnell, Catherine McNally, John Monaghan, Carol Moran, Layla
Murray, Ian Owen, Albert Reeves, Ellie Reynolds, Emma
Rimmer, Marie Russell-Moyle, Lloyd Saville Roberts, Liz Shannon, Jim
Sheerman, Barry Sheppard, Tommy Skinner, Dennis Slaughter, Andy
Sobel, Alex Stephens, Christopher Stevens, Jo Stone, Jamie
Streeting, Wes Swinson, Jo Thewliss, Alison Timms, Stephen
Turley, Anna Twigg, Stephen Umunna, Chuka West, Catherine
Western, Matt Whitfield, Martin Whitford, Philippa Williams, Hywel
Yasin, Mohammad Zeichner, Daniel

That this House notes the Home Office's long track record of delay, maladministration and poor quality decision-making while implementing increasingly harsh anti-immigrant policies; deplores the cruel and grossly unfair treatment of Commonwealth citizens legally resident in the UK, including denial of NHS health care, dismissal from employment, arbitrary detention under Immigration Act powers, threat of removal from the UK and destitution; believes that such mistreatment is a direct result of deliberate policies, and in particular the then Home Secretary's creation of a hostile environment under the Immigration Act 2014, which places an unreasonable onus on individuals to produce often long lost evidence of residence; deeply regrets the failure of the then Home Secretary to act upon policy recommendations set out in the October 2014 Legal Action Group report Chasing Status, which included establishing a specialist unit within the Home Office to deal with Windrush Generation cases; commends the work of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Praxis Community Projects, the Refugee and Migrant Centre and others in supporting individuals stripped of their legal rights; welcomes the current Home Secretary's belated acknowledgement that the Home Office has become too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes loses sight of the individual; and calls on the Government to establish an independent commission to review Home Office policies and practice, their impact on black and minority ethnic communities and how they might be reformed to improve fairness and efficiency.