Campsfield Expansion – updated

The Home Office have announced that they’re soon going to submit a planning application to expand Campsfield. We haven’t seen the application so we don’t know what their plans are. But here are three reasons why we think the government shouldn’t be trying to expand immigration detention facilities.

1) It’s wrong to lock up people who aren’t serving a sentence for a crime and who aren’t waiting to be tried for one; immigration detention is harmful to those detained and causes unnecessary suffering.

2) Locking up asylum seekers and other migrants doesn’t do what the government says it does: deter future migrants.

3) Fewer people are being deported despite the growth in detention centres, so expanding Campsfield is clearly not ‘necessary’ from the government’s point of view. It would be throwing money at a need which doesn’t exist.

If you are interested in joining the campaign to stop the doubling of the size of Campsfield, email closecampsfield@riseup.net
or call 01865 558145

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UPDATE 24 September 2014 –  The planning application still hasn’t been submitted yet but opposition is building, see the comments from the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon (the constituency that includes Campsfield) and the other candidates for the seat:

Nicola Blackwood MP has said “This proposal makes no sense for Kidlington or for our immigration system. We should be looking for alternatives to detention rather than expanding our detention programme and Campsfield House in particular has already struggled to manage with its existing numbers resulting in a series of serious incidents… I am quite clear that doubling the size of Campsfield would be wrong for Kidlington and wrong for detainees.” (Source: online petition)

Sally Copley has said “It’s clearly wrong to detain at all people who are not criminals but instead are fleeing conflict, let alone indefinitely. The Home Office have not made a satisfactory case for why they want to extend Campsfield House, and it’s a shame the District Council are only allowed to consider this on planning grounds, as there are strong humanitarian reasons for rejecting it.” (Source: quote given to Campaign to Close Campsfield.)
Layla Moran has said “We should be aiming to close the centre, not expand it… if the moral grounds for not expanding weren’t enough, in the UK the number of people being deported in the UK is in fact declining. Expanding Campsfield now makes no sense in this climate. Given that we are deporting fewer people we need to be aiming to detain fewer too. (Source: The Vulnerable Deserve To Be Treated With Compassion, Oxford Mail, 11/9/14)

Larry Sanders has said “the detention of asylum seekers… is costly, traumatic, inhumane and totally unnecessary. It would be perverse to squander large sums of money on the expansion of Campsfield and additional millions of pounds every year on maintaining it while we are said to lack the money to provide decent housing, and even adequate food, to hundreds of thousands of people.”(Source: quote given to Campaign to Close Campsfield.  Added 22/10/14)

 

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One response to “Campsfield Expansion – updated

  1. Some indication of the expansion plans are available in the letter to residents, a copy of which is at http://www.scribd.com/doc/238499658/Proposed-Extension-to-Campsfield-House-Oxfordshire

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