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UK BA Picket 23/09/0912 activists picketed the Cardiff offices of the UK Border Agency for an hour between 4-5pm today, catching a lot of post-work traffic along a busy Newport Road.

The picket was held in response to a call out for protests outside UKBA offices in solidarity with activists and migrants in Calais, where French authorities have been attempting to make the port town a “migrant free zone”  by subjecting migrants there to intimidation and violence and by destroying their living spaces and belongings.

Solidarity actions were also Read the rest of this entry »

On Wednesday 27th May a group of No Borders activists braved the lousy weather to picket the Border Agency offices on 31-33 Newport Road. We distributed leaflets to those passing by and entering the building, which were well received. Despite the weather, the police deemed a presence necessary at this peaceful protest, as those who arrived were suprised to be awaited by two CSPO’s standing in the rain!
demo27thThe next picket of the UKBA at 31-33 Newport Road will be held on 17th June 2009, 12 noon. We will be Read the rest of this entry »

jan1At midday this Wednesday 27th May, we will be holding a picket outside the UK Borders Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) to protest against the systematic de-humanisation of migrants in the UK via enforced destitution, detention and deportation. The picket will also be in solidarity with the repressed migrants in Calais, looking toward the Calais No Border Camp in a month’s time. The demonstration will be from 12noon until 1pm, so come and join us, we will have a selection of banners and placards, but feel free to bring your own too!

The situation for migrants in Calais is nothing short of a major humanitarian crisis, which has been created by Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday at midday, a group of 15 people picketed the Cardiff branch of the UK Border Agency, protesting against the dehumanising migration controls enacted by the government. The offices on Newport Road are housed within a non-descript building and one of the aims of the picket is to highlight what goes on here. This includes the fact that this is where asylum applicants are required to sign on a regular basis, risking being grabbed and detained in the process, and is also from where ‘snatch squads’ of immigration officers leave from to conduct dawn raids on unsuspecting families to take them into detention prior to forced deportation.

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Unusually for one of our regular pickets, there was Read the rest of this entry »

migration-not-a-crimeThe next regular picket of the UK Border Agency Office at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) will be held on Thursday 26th March at 12 noon. Please join us to show solidarity with people forced to sign here.

It wasn’t until the 1905 Aliens Act that we saw the first law aimed at controlling migration into Britain. Now we have a brutal and dehumanising system where people, including children are imprisoned Read the rest of this entry »

loud and vibrant demonstration in Whitehall (video) along with a picket outside the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Cardiff last thursday was part of an international day of action for Yahya Al Faifi. The practice of the UK Border Agency in this case has been of its usual disgusting standard. Yahya, like so many people who seek asylum in Read the rest of this entry »

n43656470668_1722Yahya Al Faifi and his family, who live in Cardiff, are now threatened with deportation after their asylum application was refused. The family were forced to flee Saudi Arabia in 2004 after receiving threats for Yahya’s trade union activity. The trade union movement has called for an international day of action on Thursday 19th February.

At 2pm, there will be a lobby of the Home Secretary in Marsham Street, behind Millbank (Pimlico Tube Station – map). All supporters who can be there are urged to attend.

From 12 noon there will be a picket at the UK Border Agency, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) in support of this day of action and in solidarity with the demonstration in London.

Elsewhere groups are requested to protest outside British Embassies and Consulates. Please join us to demonstrate your support for this family. Bring Read the rest of this entry »

jan2On Thursday 29th January 2009, around 25 people braved the freezing cold conditions to hold a picket for about 2 hours outside the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff. These offices are where decisions are made about who gets detained, deported or in rarer cases granted leave to remain. ID cards are issued here for non-EU students and spouses and immigration ‘snatch squads’ operate from this address. This is also the local reporting office, where asylum applicants must ‘sign on’ as part of the conditions of their continued residence in the UK and then sometimes are detained  prior to deportation. It is the face of Britain’s racist immigration policies right here on our doorstep.

Whilst holding our regular pickets we witness asylum applicants attending to ‘sign on’, their papers being inspected before they are granted admittance. Any accompanying friend or family members made to wait outside while they go in. We often also see Read the rest of this entry »

idcarddemoaOn Thursday 29th January at 12noon  we will be holding a picket outside the UK Borders Agency at 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) to protest against deportation, against detention and against the racist ID card system all of which are enforced from these offices. We will be hanging banners, holding placards and distributing leaflets to draw attention to what happens inside the building.

The last picket of the UK Border Agency was set to coincide with the start of registration for ID cards, whilst there is no such Read the rest of this entry »

n596404504_1766306_5272Once again people gathered outside the UK Border Agency to protest against “ID Cards for Foreign Nationals”. This demonstration was scheduled to coincide with the start of the registration of non-EEA students and spouses in Wales and the West on Wednesday 10th December. The close proximity to a large number of Read the rest of this entry »

251108-idcarddemo21On Wednesday 10th December the registration of non-EEA students and spouses for ID cards will begin in Cardiff. At 12 noon No Borders South Wales will be holding a protest outside the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road (map) where this registration will happen. We invite all opponents of ID cards to join us.

251108-idcarddemo5This is a follow up to the demonstration when ID cards came into force on the 25th November in the same place, which was part of a national day of action by No Borders. Reports of the protests appered in Indymedia, No Borders NottinghamTen Percent, Gair RhyddSWM ForumGreenman’s Occasional Organ, Earth First! Action ReportsFreedom for Tooting, and even got a mention in the Guardian.

251108-idcarddemo221The different border agency centres around the country are starting to register over a stagered period. Only the Croydon centre started registering on the 25th. There was a blockade of Vulcan House in Sheffield when Read the rest of this entry »

Over 60 people attended our protest against the introduction of Biometric ID Cards for non-EU students and spouses on Tuesday. The demonstration was held for a couple of hours at midday outside the Cardiff office of the UK Border Agency at 31-33 Newport Road. People the government is forcing to carry ID cards will have to attend this centre for interrogation, photographing and Read the rest of this entry »

internal-bordersHistorically borders only existed at state boundaries, now however over the last year the government has repeatedly stated adamant that:

“border control can no longer be a fixed line on a map”

From Tuesday non-Europeans applying for, or renewing visas for study or marriage, will be required to attend a UK Border Agency centre. There they will be interrogated, fingerprinted, have their Read the rest of this entry »

idcard21With the launch date for the first wave of ID cards of Tuesday 25th November fast approaching, more information on the shape of the scheme is coming to the public domain. Resistance to ID cards for airport workers appears to be having an effect, plans of protest are developing in all six cities where the the ID cards issuing centres are, with No BordersDefy ID and no2id activists indicating their intention to take to the streets. The addresses of the UK Border Agency centres where student and marriage visa applicants will have to go to have their photograph and fingerprints taken are –

  • Birmingham – Dominion Court, 41 Station Road, Solihull, Birmingham, B91 3RT (map)
  • Croydon – Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY (map)
  • Cardiff – General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 6AB (map)
  • Glasgow – Festival Court, 200 Brand Street, Govan, Glasgow, G51 1DH (map)
  • Liverpool – Reliance House, 20 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 8XU (map)
  • Sheffield – Vulcan House, 6 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8NU (map)

No Borders South Wales will be protesting outside the Cardiff centre from 12 noon on the Tuesday 25th November. We welcome all opponents of the increasing levels of social control that the government wishes to extend over all our lives to take part. Join us during your lunch break from work or study to show solidarity with migrants being victimised by these cynical divide and rule tactics by The Home Office. By resisting the repression of migrants, we defend the freedom of everyone!

Somewhat unsurprisingly The Home Office are predicting considerable delays in their processing time, and the Border Agency centres will not all be ready to take ID applications at the same time, the roll out of the scheme being – 25th November: Croydon, 1st December:  Sheffield, 4th December: Liverpool, 8th December: Birmingham, 10th December: Cardiff, 12th December: Glasgow.

dsc00414Today we held one of our regular pickets of the UK Border Agency dsc00413offices in Cardiff. Whenever we hold one of these protests we distribute “Campaign to Stay” leaflets to the asylum seekers who are forced to sign there. We also give an information leaflet to passers by, the leaflet explains:

Why are we demonstrating outside this building

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General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road (map) is the regional offices of the Border Agency, which is a Government agency of the Home Office. This agency make decisions on people’s claims for asylum, decides who can and cannot stay in the UK and are responsible for detaining and deporting thousands of migrants every year.

Migrants come to the UK to in search of a better life. They may be escaping from poverty, from war, from environmental disasters. They may have been abused, imprisoned, persecuted, tortured or had their lives threatened because of their religion, their political opinions, their sexuality, their ethnicity or because of their gender. Whatever the reason that someone has come to the UK, they do not get an ‘easy ride’ and they do not deserve to be treated in the cruel way that our government treats them.

People have moved freely across the globe for thousands of years, without any need for these movements being controlled. Migration controls and the techniques of migration management are a very recent phenomenon of human history. It wasn’t until the 1905 Aliens Act that we saw the first law aimed at controlling migration into Britain.

Now we have a brutal & dehumanising migration regime in the UK. Asylum applicants, including children, are routinely imprisoned in immigration detention centres, despite having committed no crime. Refused asylum applicants are routinely detained in police station cells (including Rumney in Cardiff) despite having committed no crime.

Refused asylum seekers can have their homes raided in the very early hours when they are sleeping, where Immigration officials snatch children and their families to detain and deport them. Such ‘snatch squads’ operate from the Newport Road Border Agency office. There have also been numerous reports of physical assaults on migrants who are being deported by the security personnel who are escorting them.

Asylum applicants are forced to live in poverty in the UK. They are not allowed to work and risk prison if they do. They receive just 70% of standard Income Support benefit levels. If an asylum application is refused, but a migrant is unable to return because the situation in their country is too dangerous, such as Iraq, they get no benefits but may get £35 a week in vouchers and are not allowed to work.

You may often hear or read stories about there being ‘too many’ asylum seekers or refugees in this country and that we are being ‘flooded’ by immigrants. In fact, refugees and asylum seekers make up only 0.3% of the Welsh population.

Supporting people who have come to the UK for protection and for a better life should not be viewed as a ‘drain’ on public resources, especially when our government spends £billions on wars, £millions on a Royal Family we did not choose, £millions on MP’s expenses and where very rich British people can be allowed to avoid paying taxes.

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We are protesting in solidarity with the people whose lives are under attack from the bureaucrats inside this building; who took cancer patient Ama Sumani from her hospital bed and sent her to her death, who sent BBJean Pierre Gueutchue and so many others to uncertain, unsafe futures, away from people they loved and who loved them. We will be protesting outside these offices for as long as the government enforces racist border controls.

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