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Immigration agency breaks Clegg's pledge by detaining child

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/03/2011

Andrew Grice

"The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has apologised for holding an 11-year-old girl in an immigration removal centre on Christmas Day in defiance of a pledge by the Coalition Government to end such cases. The child was detained overnight with her mother and adult sister at Tinsley House near Gatwick Airport after being refused admission to Britain. They were deported on Boxing Day.

"The incident, disclosed to The Independent, has infuriated ministers because they had promised to end child detention for immigration purposes by Christmas. On 7 January, Nick Clegg said in a speech: "We made sure that, by our first Christmas in office, not a single innocent child was under lock and key. In Labour's last year alone over 1,000 innocent children were locked up for immigration purposes. We have drawn a line under that scandal."

"Attacking the previous Government's record on civil liberties, he said Labour had made Britain "a place where young, innocent children caught up in the immigration system were placed behind bars"."

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"Immigration agency breaks Clegg's pledge by detaining child", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2011. Consulté le 28/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/immigration-agency-breaks-clegg-s-pledge-by-detaining-child