Different towns and cities can protest against different aspects of the Immigration Acts. The most important thing is to get as many people to the protest as possible; for it to be really visible; for local press to cover it; to make an impact; to raise awareness; and to bring together the thousands of anti-racist organisations and the countless anti-racist individuals around the country into a powerful force to fight the racist Immigration Act and demand an end to all immigration checks and demand the provision of decent housing, healthcare and jobs for all no matter the country you were born in, the colour of your skin, your immigration status or how much you earn.
Ideas for actions could be:
- a protest about healthcare (the 2014 Immigration Act introduced charges for certain sections of migrants and requires immigration status to be checked. This puts a lot of migrants off from seeking healthcare in fear of being criminalised).
- a protest outside a bank (the Act requires banks and building societies to regularly check the immigration status of customers, forcing some into financial insecurity and making them vulnerable to further exploitation).
- a protest outside a private housing association (the Act Criminalises landlords, who fail to carry out ‘immigration checks’ effectively on their tenants. Punishable with up to 5 years’ imprisonment; and increases the precarity and exploitation in the housing market for thousands of migrants, by giving landlords the ability to evict tenants without a court order).
- a protest linked to employment (the Act criminalises employers who fail to carry out ‘immigration checks’ effectively on their employees and tenants. Punishable with up to 5 years’ imprisonment; and it criminalises irregular migrants who are ‘illegally working’, essentially forcing many into destitution. Punishable by twelve months’ imprisonment).
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