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The deportation flight is canceled at the last minute after legal challenges


Interior Minister Priti Patel's offer to report 23 cross-channel migrants to Spain has failed after the deportation flight was canceled at the last minute due to a legal challenge.

The plane was due to leave the UK on Thursday morning but had to be scrapped while the appeals are being examined.

The Ministry of the Interior accused such legal claims that they were generally "unfounded and completely unfounded".

The ministry set a goal yesterday morning to remove 23 migrants after reviews of EU databases revealed they had passed through Spain en route to the UK, The Times reported.

The comments come after the department was forced to stop using Dad's army-style video accusing "activist lawyers" of attempting to disrupt the asylum system.

A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officials on Thursday

The Home Office was forced to stop using Dad's army-style video accusing "activist lawyers" of attempting to disrupt the asylum system

The Home Office was forced to stop using Dad's army-style video accusing "activist lawyers" of attempting to disrupt the asylum system

Simon Davis, President of the Law Society, said: “Attacks on the integrity of the legal profession undermine the rule of law. Calling lawyers who comply with the law "activist lawyers" is misleading and dangerous. "

Ms. Patel was angry that the scheduled deportation flight had been stopped.

A government source told the newspaper, “There are a number of particularly vocal attorneys and attorneys who appear to spend more time on social media than representing their clients. They believe that even the slightest criticism of their profession will destroy democracy.

"It is obviously absurd and it would be better if you left this kind of hysterical chatter to Her Majesty's opposition."

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Government efforts to allow people who have entered the UK illegally to return in a perfectly legitimate and legal manner are too often thwarted by last-minute challenges submitted hours before a scheduled flight .

“Very often these claims are unfounded and completely unfounded, but they are fully taken into account legally, resulting in the removal being postponed.

Home Secretary Priti Patel in Dover in early August. Ms. Patel was angry that the scheduled deportation flight had been stopped

Home Secretary Priti Patel in Dover in early August. Ms. Patel was angry that the scheduled deportation flight had been stopped

& # 39; Due to strict Dublin regulations, this can effectively make a return no longer possible.

"It is right that we are trying to remove migrants who have traveled through a safe country and who have no right to stay in the UK."

The department deported 12 people on Wednesday – six to France and six to Germany. They were nationals from Kuwait, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait Bidoon, Sudan, and Yemen.

On August 14, an Iranian national was deported to the Netherlands, where he was found to have immigrant status after arriving in Dover after crossing the Canal in a small boat.

About 14 other Channel migrants, including nationals from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan who came to the UK – but the Home Office claimed they had no right to be in the country – were deported on Aug. 12.

Charities reported that eight suicide attempts had been made and three people were hospitalized at the Brook House immigration center near Gatwick in the days leading up to the last flights.

The Home Office would not confirm the number of incidents, but a spokeswoman said, "We take the welfare of those detained very seriously.

All immigration centers have trained medical staff to provide medical care to the detainees. Anyone removed from the UK will be seen by a healthcare professional and the Home Office will be notified of any person who is not good enough to be removed.

“We do not apologize for trying to remove those who have traveled through a safe country and have no right to stay in the UK. This is part of our strategy to make this dangerous route unprofitable. & # 39;

Chai Patel, Director of Legal Policy at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: “The treatment of immigrant detainees in Britain is a matter of national disgrace.

& # 39; We are facing a global pandemic and the Home Office has decided to focus on conducting dangerous and rushed deportation flights, putting vulnerable refugees at risk and putting speed over fairness.

“Every time a flight is stopped, we find people on it who are winning their cases.

“We need to fix the broken system that is trying to deport people at all costs, and we need to resist all attempts to accelerate unjust deportations and reduce legal protections for people who already have almost none.

Eight people were so afraid of what we were about to send back that they tried to kill themselves. No one under our protection should ever feel that way again. & # 39;

It comes after activists said last week that some migrants who crossed the channel into the UK were on hunger strike at the detention center before being deported.

According to the Home Office's latest annual report, the department made “unsuccessful payments totaling £ 2.2 million” in 2019-20 because “scheduled flights were canceled to remove ineligible asylum seekers who were subsequently granted asylum seekers the right to appeal was canceled ”.