Hunt fails to rule out child detention under UK Government’s new asylum plans
Jeremy Hunt did not rule out the prospect of children being detained under the Government’s latest plans to address asylum seekers arriving in small boats.
The Chancellor said “special arrangements” would be made for children but would not be drawn on whether the Government will overturn arrangements which seek to prevent children being detained in relation to immigration cases.
He said questions on specifics would be for the Home Secretary.
Reports in The Observer and Sunday Times said the Illegal Migration Bill could see children and families detained and deported, effectively reversing a ban put in place by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.
The measures could face challenge from Tory backbenchers when the Bill goes to the Commons for its second reading on Monday, according to reports.
Mr Hunt was asked on BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg whether children might be detained under the Government’s plans for asylum seekers, and if a ban on children being detained stands.
He said: “We are making special arrangements for children as the Home Secretary outlined.
“Public consent for legal migration depends on dealing with the unfairness of illegal migration and that is why it is so important that we tackle this issue head-on.”
Asked again if he is ruling out a return to detaining children, the Chancellor said: “The Home Secretary has made clear that we are going to treat children differently under these arrangements and I think you’ll have to talk to her about precisely how that happens.”
The Government’s plans, announced on Tuesday, would see migrants who arrive through unauthorised means deported and given a lifetime ban from returning.
Anyone who crosses the Channel in a small boat would only be eligible for asylum in a “safe” third country, such as Rwanda.
Powers would be granted to detain migrants for 28 days without recourse for bail or judicial review, and then indefinitely for as long as there is a “reasonable prospect” of removal.
It also places a duty on the Home Secretary to remove illegal entrants and it will “radically narrow the number of challenges and appeals that can suspend removal”.
Outlining the plans in the Commons, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Only those under 18, medically unfit to fly or at a real risk of serious and irreversible harm – an exceedingly high bar – in the country we are removing them to will be able to delay their removal.”
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Cymru must surely leave the cesspit that the UK has become. Surely now there are overwhelming reasons to pursue independence. Nothing we could do here would be worse than the Westminster/Whitehall shower.
The blood drips from the fingers of this man, his boss and his previous bosses! Cofiwch…
Cruel, cruel, people. As an independent country we can show the respect these people fleeing poverty and terror are due, not treat them as animals.
The Home Secretary decides the outcome…
That is like saying the executioner decides who dies…
Anyone who places their child in a rubber dinghy, to escape the ‘terror’ of life in France, really needs to be turned back. They are morally unfit for citizenship.
What about handing them over to American soldiers, as body parts are blasted through the air around them, in a last ditch attempt to give them a chance of a better life as the Western Allies do a blue funk and desert the mess they have made in the poorest countries around the world? Or Nazi Germany kinder transport to see them drown on a torpedoed ship in the middle of the Atlantic or Ukraine to save them from being stolen by the Russians? The list goes on… What was the toughest life threatening situation you have ever been in… Read more »
I should have prefaced that with they are near the end of their journey and the Calais Camp and French batons may not be the paradise you think it is…I’m sorry I’ve started my day reading your words. I hope they do not set the tone for the day…