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THREE more people wrongly deported from Britain as a result of the Windrush scandal have died, Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons today.
But he refused to back down on his plan to deport around 50 more people to Jamaica this week, who he insisted were all “foreign national offenders.”
Labour MPs were stunned by Mr Javid’s hard-line rhetoric on immigration, with Lewisham East’s Janet Daby saying he “sounds like Enoch Powell in reincarnation.”
Tottenham MP David Lammy accused him of “pandering to a far-right racism.”
He also warned of the risk of the Home Office “making the same mistakes” as with Windrush, adding: “Once enslaved, then colonised, and now repatriated.”
Shadow immigration minister Afzal Khan expressed concerned that the looming deportation to Jamaica could depart from an RAF base.
The Home Office used Brize Norton five times in 2017 after protesters disrupted deportations from Stansted, but the military airstrip has not been used since.
Mr Khan asked: “Does the minister accept that militarisation of deportation sets a dangerous precedent of deportation happening behind closed doors?”
The Home Secretary ignored this question, however an employee at RAF Brize Norton told the Morning Star that “we don’t have any [flights] going out [to Jamaica] this week.”
Logistical details of the deportation remain a closely guarded secret.
Campaigners had warned that two men booked on the flight were due to give evidence at an inquest into the death of an immigration detainee Carlington Spencer, who died in 2017.
It appears Joseph Nembhard and Christopher Richards will now not be deported, after the senior coroner for Lincolnshire issued a summons for them to attend a pre-inquest hearing next month.
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