SNP MP slams UK home office after asylum seeker constituents detained ahead of Rwanda flights

An SNP MP has slammed the UK Home Office after his constituents were detained ahead of their planned deportation to Rwanda.

Chris Stephens said his constituent was detained after a standard interview.

The Glasgow South West MP said the man had not been told whether his asylum claim had been successful or had been advised that he was at risk of removal.

Stephens is working with lawyer Aamer Anwar to ensure the release of his constituent.

The Home Office said a series of operations took place across the country over the last few days, with more activity due to be carried out in the coming weeks.

It comes amid the Government’s bid to get flights to send migrants to the east African nation off the ground by July, after the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act became law last week.

Stephens said: "This afternoon a constituent contacted my office to say their relative who arrived for a standard interview was detained.

"The constituent had made his claim in May 2022, and was due to receive a decision by the Home Office, by 31st December 2023. No decision had been made and therefore, has been denied the opportunity to appeal or to make a fresh claim.

"The constituent was never advised that they were at risk of detention or removal.

"Neither I nor his solicitor has been advised that the constituent is a threat nor engaged in criminal activity.

"I am working with [lawyer] Aamer Anwar in making urgent representations to the Home Office to ensure that this constituent is released and back with family members."

SNP MP for Glasgow North East Anne McLaughlin said yesterday that her constituent had been detained in the south of England after he had been sent a Rwanda scheme notice.

She said: "My 21 year old constituent was detained this morning. I understand he was subject to a Rwanda scheme notice for some time.

"He was taken to a detention centre in Middlesex as far as I know. They do this so that any support networks you have find it impossible to reach you.

"So many people care including many who don't know him but happen to have a modicum of compassion.

"My team have been on all night discussing what we can do - they are brilliant & selfless & I'm lucky to have them. Urgent enquiry sent, will follow up first."

McLaughlin attempted to deliver a letter to the Home Office but was not allowed to do so in person.

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