The BBC reports that nine people were arrested after protesters chained and glued themselves to the gates of Tinsley House immigration centre near Gatwick.
The group, protesting about a flight due to take Kurdish Iraqis back to Iraq on Tuesday, said the deportees were being treated like criminals.
Brian Arcola, who took part in the protest, said:
“Charter flights like this are the latest step in the government’s macabre immigration policy.”
He added: “Aside from the ethical implications of handcuffing and deporting innocent people under the threat of the baton, by not telling them when they’re going to be deported, they deprive many people from adequate legal representation.
“If there’s to be any truth in the claim that Britain is a tolerant, fair country, this has got to be stopped.”
One migrant awaiting deportation said:
” I’ve been in the UK for nine years. I have a partner and an 18-month-old son. If I am deported, all this will be gone.
“I’ve made a life for myself here, living as everyone else does in this country, but I’m now being treated like I’m a criminal, imprisoned then deported.”
The UK Border Agency removes a person from the UK every 8 minutes.
There are an estimated 500,000 people in the UK illegally. According to ippr, finding and removing half a million illegal immigrants would cost around £5 billion and take up to 20 years.
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Source BBC News Full Story – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7947873.stm