PressTV-UN expert urges UK to end ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants

The UN special rapporteur on racism has criticized the UK for enforcing “hostile environment” immigration laws which plague the lives of immigrants and ethnic minorities in Britain.

Speaking at the end of her mission to the UK on Friday, Tendayi Achiume said such laws that “deputize immigration enforcement to private citizens and civil servants in a range of arenas” must be repealed.

“In a national context that is deeply polarized, it is no surprise that a policy that ostensibly seeks to target only irregular immigrants is destroying the lives and livelihoods of racial and ethnic minority communities more broadly, including many that have been instrumental to the prosperity of this nation for decades, and are rightful claimants of citizenship status,” Achiume said.

She also condemned the Right to Rent program, which requires landlords to conduct visa inspections, bank checks and NHS data transfers.

The program had “effectively…

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