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Racist Borders Bill Will Criminalise and Punish Refugees

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The UK Government’s Immigration & Borders Bill is a nightmare combination of racist proposals which will punish refugees and make it easier for the Home Office to deport vulnerable people back to conflict zones such as Ukraine and Syria, according to the Scottish Greens.

The party has instead called for “a humanitarian and welcoming immigration policy.”

This call comes as the House of Commons prepares to vote on amendments to the Bill first made in the House of Lords last week.

The Scottish Greens External Affairs spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP said:

“This racist and authoritarian Bill could not be coming at a worse time.

“The Westminster Government is sending warm words of solidarity to Ukrainians fleeing war with one breath while punishing and criminalising refugees with the next.

“This is a government already housing asylum seekers in prison-like conditions and sending deportation vans into our communities to carry out dawn raids.

“Their Bill will make a terrible situation even worse.

“It would force even greater restrictions on vulnerable people and make it easier for the Home Office to deport refugees back to the conflict zones they have fled from.

“One of the many reasons I support Scotland’s independence is the opportunity to build a humane and welcoming refugee system, one which extends a hand of friendship and genuine solidarity to people around the world.

“It’s clear the UK is headed in the opposite direction from those aspirations.”

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