Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson, has called on the Government to review any law which prevents the deportation of foreign criminals.
Yesterday, (Monday) Mr Johnson spoke during an urgent question in the House of Commons on the scheduled mass deportation by charter plane to Jamaica.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office, Chris Philp, said the flight to Jamaica was to specifically to remove foreign criminals, whose offences include sexual assault against children, murder, rape, drug dealing and violent crime.
Mr Johnson said: “Will the Minister commit to review any law that prevents the deportation of these people, because no law should stop us removing foreign nationals who have committed very serious criminal offences, thereby undermining the very kindness and the hospitality that we have shown them and abusing the process in doing so?”
In response, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Mr Philp, said: “I entirely agree with my Hon. Friend and I can give him that assurance. He puts it very well. We have extended a welcome and hospitality to people who come to this country, and rightly so. We have a long and proud history of welcoming people who make a contribution to our society, and this Government are the first to recognise the enormous contribution that people who have come to this country as immigrants have made, and the points-based system embraces that very principle. Where people abuse our hospitality by committing serious criminal offences, it is right that we remove them.”
During his response, the Minister said the flight was about ‘criminality, not nationality’ and said that it had nothing to do with the ‘terrible wrongs faced by the Windrush generation’. The vast majority of deportations this year have been to EU countries so this is not about race either.
Following his question in Parliament, Mr Johnson said: “We have a proud tradition in this country of welcoming people to our shores but if that hospitality is abused by people committing serious criminal offences then it is right that these people are deported. It is astonishing this has even become a controversial issue. To me it is common sense and protects society from people who have seriously harmed other people including children.”