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The next regular picket of the Home Office’s ‘Border and Immigration Agency’ in Cardiff will take place on Tuesday 20th May at 12 noon at 31-33 Newport Road (General Buildings, see map). Take a break from work/study/sitting in the park to join us and demonstrate your solidarity with migrants and show that they are welcome!

Banners on the morning of the blockade

You can LISTEN HERE to an interview with a No Borders South Wales activist on Radio Cardiff, on 24th April, after a blockade of the Border & immigration agency.

bia-block-21Cardiff and Bristol No Borders activists successfully blockaded the Cardiff offices of the Border & Immigration Agency on April 24th. From 5am they prevented snatch squads from leaving the building, and held a picket outside.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide day of action to protest against repressive immigration policies and to ensure that, for one day at least, families in South Wales were safe regardless of where they come from

The press release stated:

“Protesters from the South Wales No Borders network are currently blockading Immigration Enforcement Officers at their base on Cardiff’s Newport Road, stopping Read the rest of this entry »

There was a good turn out for the latest picket of the Border and Immigration Agency in Cardiff on 15th April. From 12 noon, around 200 flyers were handed out to passers by and those required to sign at the offices while their asylum claim is processed. Unusually, we had no intervention from BIA employees or the Group 4 security people who, in the past, have asked us to take down our banners, told us to “get a job” and also blamed the country’s problems on the people who sign at this office.

 

Please join us for the next picket! Date to be announced.

An Indymedia report can be found here

Ama Sumani, the Ghanaian mother of two, deported in January whilst receiving cancer treatment at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, died on the 19th March. By denying her the drugs she needed and the support people were willing to give, the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) are guilty of no less than culpable homicide.

This case not only shows a total lack of compassion, it suggests a vindictive cruelty in the methodology of the BIA. It is horrific that someone receiving treatment vital to their survival can be removed from hospital against their will. What is chilling is that this is the operational practice of a government funded executive agency.

Ama Sumani’s situation was described Read the rest of this entry »

The next picket of the Home Office’s Border and Immigration Agency in Cardiff will take place on Tuesday 15th April at 12 noon. Find us at General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road (map)

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Previous picket

A further picket of the Border and Immigration Agency, General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff will take place on 25th March, 12noon.

Please join us in distributing leaflets to passers by to inform them of the agency’s role in the forced removal and detention of asylum seekers and to show our solidarity with those who are required to sign on at this office
See you there!

An Indymedia report of the latest picket of the Border and Immigration Agency in Cardiff can be found here

Please come along to the next picket of the Border and Immigration Agency on Tuesday 12th February at 12 noon.

This is the agency responsible for removing a terminally ill Ghanain woman from her hospital bed in Cardiff and forcing her to return to a country where she cannot afford the treatment that will extend her life.

More details and how you can help are here: www.amasumani.eu

On 9th January, Ama Sumani, a terminally ill Ghanaian mother of two was denied medical care for her cancer at University Hospital, Cardiff and subsequently deported. The decision has been widely and strongly criticised by the UK medical profession, with the medical journal `The Lancet’ stating that

“the UK has committed an atrocious barbarism”.

A doctor treating Ama at the hospital stressed to the immigration authorities that they were sending her to her death. Ama now has to fund her own kidney dialysis in Accra at £50 a day, without which she would die within 2 weeks. Most of the vital medication that was given by Welsh doctors for Ama to take home with her was taken by a UK government Doctor, leaving her Read the rest of this entry »

It has been discovered that ‘snatch squads’ who carry out dawn raids on asylum seeker families operate out of the ‘Border & Immigration Agency’, General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff. As part of the fight against unjust & racist migration controls worldwide, activists from No Borders Wales have conducted early morning monitoring of immigration staff at General Buildings & have witnessed ‘snatch squads’ leaving the building on a number of occasions at around 6am in the morning. Activists who have followed the ‘snatch squads’ have been Read the rest of this entry »

No Borders South Wales have now held four pickets at the Cardiff offices of the ‘Border and Immigration Agency’, General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (click here for map).

As well as being the location where individuals who are seeking asylum are required to sign in at regularly while their claim is being processed, it has been discovered that Immigration “snatch squads” operate from this building, where immigration officers and police raid the homes of failed asylum seekers (including children) at dawn to arrest and detain them.

The purposes of the pickets is Read the rest of this entry »

During the past month activists from No Borders Wales have taken part in two pickets of Welsh regional office of the Border & Immigration Agency (part of the Home Office) at General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff. Asylum seekers are forced to attend the building to sign (on an arbitrary basis), while they await a decision on if they face deported. Banners reading ‘no more racist prisons’ & ‘no more deportations’ were held and Read the rest of this entry »

no-borders-march-sat.gifBetween 19-24th September over 300 people gathered near Balcombe, East Sussex, for the first UK No Border Camp, which formed part of a wider campaign against the building of a new detention prison at Gatwick airport. The centre will be the biggest in the UK, able to hold 426 people & if built will increase the capacity in the UK to nearly 3,000. Those imprisoned in these inhumane places are held without trial, their only crime being to have come in search of a new life, to escape persecution, poverty and war.

A variety of actions took place during the camp. Demonstrations outside integral parts of the UK’s racist immigration system, the Border & Immigration Agencies Lunar House & Electric House in Croydon. Lunar House is one of Read the rest of this entry »

A group of activists from No Borders Wales placed a banner on the Border and Immigration agency building in Cardiff on tuesday sept 11 and gave out over two hundred leaflets to passers by, and to users of the premises. Asylum seekers are forced to attend the centre to sign documents and receive a service which was described by one asylum seeker as “horrific”. Members of the public were informed of the buildings use as part of the UK’s racist immigration apparatus. No Borders Wales intend to picket this building regularly to ensure that what goes on inside becomes generally known.

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