The Coalition has announced that it plans to scrap the policy, introduced by the Labour government, of imprisoning the children of asylum seekers, presumably in order to appear tough for the tabloids:
Umair Umar recalls little about his ordeal at Dungavel, Scotlandâ€™s immigration detention centre â€” and, he says, heâ€™d rather not. The 14-year-old and his family were held at the Lanarkshire facility for one night before being bundled in the back of a van and driven hundreds of miles south, where they were held at another centre, Tinsley House, in Sussex, for two days.
â€œI donâ€™t want to remember,â€ the child asylum-seeker says. â€œIt was a bad three days.â€ Uzair, his 11-year-old brother, was frightened because they locked the doors. â€œIt was like a prison,â€ he said.
It was not a policy anyone could have been proud of, and it is good that it has been ended. The only problem is how to house the children now (as their parents will still be in detention centres).
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