Bishop of Croydon makes amnesty appeal on immigration

Bishop Clark: more humane immigration system

The Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, has today entered the debate on the government’s “hostile” immigration strategy by calling for the immediate release of a mother and daughter who have been interned in “inhuman” conditions at immigrants’ removal centre at Yarl’s Wood.

In a letter to The Guardian newspaper which is also signed by senior prelates from the Church of England, Methodists and spokesperson for the Quakers, Bishop Clark calls for “a more humane immigration system based on our shared Christian values of fairness and decency”.

The letter says, “We are concerned that the injustices that prompted last month’s hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre continue.

“People there are calling for an amnesty for those who have lived in the UK for more than 10 years and an end to the detention of those who came to the UK as children. We hope that immigration minister Caroline Nokes will intervene in the case of Opelo and Florence Kgari – a mother and daughter who have lived in the UK 14 years, since Opelo was just 13.

“A decision to allow them to stay would be a step towards a more humane immigration system based on our shared Christian values of fairness and decency.”

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