James Brokenshire has backed plans to speed up the deportation process and crack down on abuses of the immigration system. The Immigration Bill currently before Parliament will make it harder for people to prevent their removal with spurious appeals and legal challenges.
The Immigration Bill will put the law on the side of the public, deporting criminals first and hearing appeals later wherever possible, and cutting the number of appeal routes available. Importantly, the Bill also addresses the abuse of the right to a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights and upholds the view of Parliament that convicted foreign criminals should be deported.
Speaking in the House of Commons this week, James said:
“I was closely involved in the deportation of Abu Qatada, an important success for this Government, which wasn’t achieved by the previous Government. That case showed the number of appeals that are possible and the slowness of the process. That’s why it is right that we tackle the number of appeals. Seventeen potential appeal routes are currently available. We want to reduce that to four and to cut down on the abuses of the system.”