DARRELL AND DARREN ROBERTS who were born in London and have never left the UK face deportation to different countries in the Caribbean where they have no close relatives.
The brothers were taken into the care of social services when they were 13 after the deaths of their primary caregivers, their mother and uncle. Change.org
The Home Office is refusing to review the forced separation of black British families caught up in the criminal justice system, a practice that campaigners say is systemically racist and legitimises child cruelty.
Bella Sankey, director of the campaign group Detention Action, said: “The cruelty of separating children from loving parents, without hearing their views and carefully assessing their needs, is abundantly clear. Priti Patel talks constantly of protecting the British public: why are these children not included in her efforts?” Although the group contains Windrush survivors, when it wrote to the Home Office minister Kevin Foster on Windrush day last June to complain about “this law tearing apart British families and communities”, it did not receive a response.
Testimony gathered by the Observer reveals the policy’s impact on another case: Sammy’s father, Chris, was deported to Jamaica last year for a non-violent criminal offence. The 17-year-old found out the day before, when she arrived home from school and her mother told her to quickly pack a bag to take to the detention centre. Sammy was given five minutes to say goodbye.
“I felt numb and I still do. It feels like he’s died, really,” she said. “I wish people would imagine what it must be like for him. He’s all alone with nobody around. He can’t even give us a hug or pick us up from school.” Sammy says she never had the opportunity to tell the court how his deportation would affect her.
Freya Roberts, a 20-year-old broadcast and journalism student, said: “This has proven to me the continued systemic racism not only from the government’s immigration policies, but also the local councils, mental health services and other statutory services within the UK, who have failed my brothers and many people like them.” The brothers were taken into care aged 13 after the deaths from cancer of their mother and then the uncle who had looked after them when she died. Guardian