I am pleased that the new Home Secretary has announced that the hostile environment policy should be ended. I support the repeal of all those parts of immigration legislation that were introduced to support the hostile environment policy, as well as the rescinding of Home Office instructions to carry it out and the removal of all obligations on landlords, employers and others to enact the policy.
The Government has stated that it will review aspects of the hostile environment policy and the current Home Secretary has indicated that he prefers to use the term ‘compliant environment’. However, I am clear that we need action rather than the change of a few words. We need a complete change of policy and approach at the Home Office.
More widely on immigration, I oppose indefinite detention and instead support a 28-day limit on immigration detention.