A High Court judge has ruled that fast-track deportations of foreign nationals in the UK as unlawful.
Emma Ginn, of Medical Justice, said the UK Border Agency (UKBA) admitted that the fast track removal process was used in 24 cases in its first year but that the figure had then risen to 145 a year. The practice was growing, she said.
“The UKBA were only using it in exceptional circumstances,” Ginn said, “for example when they were dealing with unaccompanied children or those at risk of suicide. What’s so vile is that it was the most vulnerable who were being targeted by this policy.
“They will now have to give 72 hours notice but since they can give it on a Friday night it will still only provide people subject to immigration controls with one working day’s notice of deportation.”