MODEL LETTER TO UK HOME SECRETARY, PRITI PATEL MP.
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Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP
Dear Ms Patel,
I am writing to demand that you grant immediate, permanent and unconditional amnesty for all migrants and refugees currently living in the UK.
This pandemic has shown how dependent the UK is on migrant as essential workers in hospitals, social care, food supply, agriculture, transport and other areas. Yet there are up to one million undocumented migrants in the UK who are destitute and therefore at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 because they are being deprived of health care, housing and even food. Living in such conditions makes it impossible for people to self-isolate and abide by government social distancing advice. People are being forced to risk their own and the community’s health.
There is growing support for immigrant people being granted the right to stay and for an amnesty from deportation. Public pressure has already led to over 75% of people being released from immigration detention, the courts ruling that the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ Policy was illegal and most recently to your government being forced to scrap the surcharge that non-EU NHS staff have to pay.
We urge you to follow the lead given by the Portuguese and Italian governments and grant papers to all migrants currently living in the UK regardless of their immigration status, length of stay or financial situation.
27 May 2020