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Isabella Acevedo arrested at daughter’s wedding

Isabella Acevedo arrested at daughter’s wedding

The Guardian is reporting that Isabella Acevedo, former immigration minister Mark Harper’s former cleaner, was arrested at her daughter’s wedding on Friday last week. Fifteen blackshirts burst in along with a few regular police officers just before the ceremony, it is said. The Daily Mail picked up the story but it does not seem to have been picked up elsewhere.

Ms Acevedo, who is from Columbia, was the cause of Harper’s resignation earlier this year after it emerged that she did not have legal status to work in the UK. 

Trenton Oldfield, the Australian who successfully resisted deportation after disrupting the Oxford-Cambridge boat race, tried to film the arrest. You can see what happened in a short clip on the Guardian website.

I do not know whether Ms Acevedo had “gone to ground” and, like some major mafia boss, the only way she could possibly be seized was at a major family occasion. Somehow, I doubt it. The episode reeks of revenge. Why disrupt her daughter’s wedding? If really necessary, why not at least wait until afterwards? Why use so much force? Why shut down the attempt to film?

Meanwhile, in other news, Mark Harper returned to the government last week in the “bonfire of the moderates” reshuffle.

It does not look good for a liberal democracy. And there will be more of this on the way with the new Immigration Act, under which landlords are co-opted as immigration informers and the Home Office expects to be “investigating” a massive 6,000 weddings a year.

UPDATE: It is reported she is now detained at Yarl’s Wood and faces removal on Thursday.

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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