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UK Border Agency Offices, General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 6AB

UK Border Agency Offices, General Buildings, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 6AB

This Wednesday 20th August at 12 noon, No Borders South Wales will be holding one of our regular pickets outside the UK Border Agency offices on Newport Road, Cardiff. (map)

These are the offices where people made the decision to deport Ama Sumani to her death, who tried to deport Kemi and Taiwo and their baby, who has put Jean Pierre in detention, who refused BB the right to remain, where the snatch squads leave from, where local asylum seekers have to sign and are treated like criminals.

We hang banners, hold placards and distribute leaflets to draw attention to the activities of the UK Border Agency. The pickets only last for an hour, between 12noon and 1pm, so take  your lunch break from work, study or whatever else with us to demonstrate your solidarity with migrants and show that we won’t tolerate the brutal practises that take place inside the building!

At our last picket, one of our activists was interviewed live on Radio Cardiff. you can listen to that interview here.

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Immigration and inclusion in South Wales by Terry Threadgold, Sadie Clifford, Abdi Arwo, Vanessa Powell, Zahera Harb, Xinyi Jiang and John Jewell has recently been published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Well worth a read; it makes important points about how integration is much smoother for migrants who are allowed to work and points out that social class is a highly significant factor in determining life changes for everyone, migrant or otherwise.

The Trade Union Congress & Refugee Council Right to Work campaign aims to overturn the 2002 legislation that denies asylum applicants the ability to seek employment of any kind. The altering of the inequalities of social and economic hierarchy in the UK will require a class struggle of wider proportions.

in other news

There has been further coverage of Kemi and Taiwo’s case here, and here. Jean-Pierre has also been the subject of a news story featured on WalesOnline, which was picked up by Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns continue to cover all our anti-deportation campaigns in detail.

Meanwhile this blog has been featured by Aya’s Blog review and Our blog review you can review us for yourself on Blog Catalog . There is now also a facebook group, plus you can become a fan on technorati.

Pregnant mother Kemi Ayinde and family have been told this week that their application for a Judicial Review of their asylum claim has been refused. They are liable to be detained and deported at any time.

The family returned to Cardiff three weeks ago after being detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, after being snatched by UK Border agents from their home in the early hours of 17th June this year.

Two attempts were made to deport the family in July but after a high profile campaign and an application for a Judicial Review, the family were released.

Kemi has been told that the baby is not growing normally and her pregnancy may have to be terminated. Her GP and midwife have both stated that they believe that the problems she is having with her pregnancy have been caused by the stress and shock of being detained and threatened with deportation.

Kemi’s partner Taiwo has volunteered with Sue Ryder Cancer Care in Cardiff in the past and is due to begin volunteering with the Big Issue Cymru next week. He says

“Me and my family hope to be able to stay in Cardiff where we have made many friends and where we feel welcomed.”

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