Leaked cabinet letters suggest that the Home Office – when it was being run by Theresa May – wanted the children of illegal immigrants to go to the bottom of the list for school places.
Her department suggested schools could withdraw places offered to children if their families were found to be living in the country illegally.
The Home Office also wanted schools to carry out immigration checks.
One source says every department was to have its hands “dipped in blood”. But the letters reveal there was a “disquiet among our own ministers about the potential for inflammatory comparisons” by using schools as part of the immigration system, punishing the children of illegal immigrants by putting them to the bottom of the list for school places.
Indeed the British Government is no stranger in dipping it’s hands in blood. A snapshot of the British Empire and the last 10 years confirms that. However preventing education to so called ‘illegal immigrants’ is a new low and brings further disgrace to the British approach to immigration.
Using Children and Education as another tool for border control is indicative of how the Government views so called British values like education for all.
Children have become useful to Theresa May for political leverage- the failed Prevent strategy is testament to this.
If the Government has struggled with abiding by its commitments, this is the fault of the Government, not innocent children.
However there are other fundamental questions that need to be asked to the British Government about immigration. The reality is that ruthless capitalist economic policies have made their lands unfit to provide for themselves and their families. Education has been replaced in their lands for the need of children and young people to pursue labour instead of seeking basic and higher learning.
So whose fault is immigration into Britain?
Western and British support for dictators and unjust wars are the causes for why so many people are being displaced from their homelands.
Again, whose fault is immigration into Britain?
Immigrants since the 1950s are the product of British colonisation.
Unless and until these underlying causes for immigration are debated and addressed, the truth about immigration will remain untold.
However the Government is likely to continue its policy of dipping it’s hands in blood- even at the expense of Children’s education.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ هُوَ الرَّزَّاقُ ذُو الْقُوَّةِ الْمَتِينُ
“Lo! Allah (swt) is that who gives livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might.” [TMQ Surah adh-Dhariyat:58]