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Home Secretary Suela Braverman said that expressing “concerns and dissatisfaction” about asylum seekers being detained in local communities was “not racist or prejudiced”. claims.
Comments from Braverman’s interview GBNewswhich came nearly two weeks after violent anti-refugee protests in Knowsley that targeted a hotel used to house asylum seekers, leading to the arrest of 15 people.
Two arrests were also made outside a Rotherham hotel where people awaiting asylum decisions were being held after another protest over the weekend affiliated with far-right groups. Further protests are believed to be planned across the country.
Refugee advocates point to far-right protesters calling on officials to “stop the aggression.” This echoes the words used by Ms. Braverman in her plea to tone down the rhetoric on the issue.
Braverman said Wednesday, “I very much understand that people are frustrated that hotels are occupied by large numbers of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.
“I believe that anyone contemplating violence, harassment or intimidation should stop doing it. It is not an acceptable way to express concern or frustration.
“We are all frustrated with the situation we are in, and it is clear and undeniable that there is a serious pressure on the community. I am not biased or prejudiced.”
Governments are legally obligated to provide housing for asylum seekers because they are prohibited from working while they wait months, or even years, for decisions on their asylum applications.
The backlog of asylum claims has spiraled out of control over the past decade, despite promises by successive Conservative governments to fix the problem. Adequate accommodation that led to the use of the hotel.
Braverman said: That is my priority, and as the Prime Minister himself said, he will do whatever it takes to reach that goal.
“Last year, 45,000 people arrived here illegally in small boats. The situation is unacceptable. We need to design a robust framework.
“We need deterrence so that people stop traveling in the first place. And we have to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”
Ms Braverman refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights to exclude asylum seekers without listening to asylum seekers.
“What I want to deliver is a system where anyone who enters here illegally will be detained and then promptly removed.
She argued that interventions by courts intended to defend human rights “may be at odds with British values”.