Sky News: A migrants’ rights charity has condemned the UK government for “routinely” separating families by placing parents in immigration detention.
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) says it deals with around 170 cases of families who are split up because of immigration enforcement each year.
Because the Home Office does not release statistics on the number of parents in immigration detention, however, the actual number is unknown.
Parents are routinely separated from their children through immigration detention in the UK. The Home Office doesn’t release stats about the numbers of parents detained. BID’s Separated Families project provides legal advice to about 170 parents per year on how to get released.
— BID (@BIDdetention) June 20, 2018
In the UK, Home Office regulations state that children are neither split from both their parents nor placed in detention for immigration purposes.
But in less than two years Mr Beales says BID has dealt with several cases in which Home Office enforcement has meant children being taken into care.