Write to your MP! as part of Refugee Week to ask for their vote in support to amendments to the Immigration Bill on a time limit for detention. These amendments, tabled by David Davis MP, would make sure no one is detained for longer than 28 days.
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[name of MP]
I am writing to you this Refugee Week to ask for your vote in support of the amendments to the Immigration Bill on a time limit for detention. These amendments, tabled by David Davis MP, would make sure no one is detained for longer than 28 days. While at the moment these amendments have been withdrawn to be re-tabled for Report Stage, we ask that you contact David Davis MP’s office to express your support.
Throughout history, the ability to seek refuge has been essential to Jewish survival. However, in the UK today, those seeking refuge can face indefinite detention. Indefinite detention has innumerable consequences, and has been described by several detainees as akin to “mental torture.”
As a British Jew, I am proud of the UK’s historical legacy of providing sanctuary to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. In the words of Lord Alf Dubs, who was granted refuge in Britain via the Kindertransport, “British compassion saved my life.” I ask you to continue this proud British tradition by supporting a time limit on immigration detention.
My Jewish values commit me to treater the stranger with dignity and respect, for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt. I urge the UK government to do the same.
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