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Allowed appeals not allowed

Allowed appeals not allowed

Remarkably honest response to Freedom Information Request for Home Office training materials on the immigration law changes taking effect on 28 July 2014:

The withheld training documents contain lines to take, which could assist a foreign criminal’s representatives in forming their arguments for appeal.  If their appeals were successful, then we could be prevented from deporting foreign criminals in cases where it would be appropriate to do so.

We can’t have foreign criminals winning appeals or being aware of the arguments that might help them to do so, can we? Instead, they must be deported at all costs. None of this “access to justice” nonsense here, I detect. Also, note that it is the pesky, scheming lawyers who must be denied access to the material in question.

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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