Bishop McAleenan calls on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

16/02/2018 5:00 pm

Bishop McAleenan sitting with Cardinal Nichols

The lead Catholic Bishop for asylum and migration has urged the government to end the shameful practice of indefinite immigration detention. Speaking alongside other faith leaders as Liberty launched a major public campaign calling for a time limit of 28 days to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill, Bishop Paul McAleenan said:

“It has been demonstrated time and time again that indefinite immigration detention not only violates people's basic human dignity, but that it serves no meaningful purpose.

It is shameful that we lag behind every other EU country in abolishing this practice and I sincerely hope that the Government will commit to introducing a more humane system at the earliest opportunity.”

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