More bad reasons for Data Sharing by the Home Office

The Home Office
calls again for data sharing to tackle illegal immigration. Or does it?

I fully support
the government in cracking down on Illegal Immigration, on People Trafficking
and people using our resources who should reasonably be paying for them, such
as the NHS. But Data Mining is not the way to do it.

However, reading
through the immigration rules enforcement strategy document, and in particular the
foreword by Liam Burne, the minister in charge of Immigration, there are
several peculiar references. 

The first
reference that drew my attention was in his words the need for data sharing to
deal effectively with illegal migration. 
Not immigration but illegal migration.

In my world, and
the school that I was taught in, it was always immigrants come in, migrants go

This could have
connotations as it did in the former
East Germany of keeping people in, not keeping people
out, but using electronic methods rather than a Wall.


The second
reference that pulled my attention was that he stated
we have developed an ambitious programme of change:

New money and resources, to double enforcement and compliance by April

New powers in the UK Borders Bill.

New technology such as biometrics and systems to count people in and
out of the

New ambitions for our global alliances, to tackle illegal migration. 

It is the last
item that concerns me.  New ambitions for
our global alliances to tackle illegal migration.

Just what are
these global alliances that require Liam Burne to share my details.

This has nothing
whatsoever to do with illegal immigrants coming into the
UK, this is about global tracking of UK citizens. 

Liam Burne needs
to explain this last item about Global alliances.

Going on, the
document states that the
key sanctions for high-harm immigration

offenders are removal or deportation.

To increase the rate of removal we will: increase our detention
capacity. Expanding the detention estate: Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre
was opened in August 2004

A new 420-bed immigration centre at Gatwick is due to open in 2008 and
the Home Office has acquired the former RAF base at Coltishall to help expand

Wasn’t Coltishall aquired to help with Prison Places, not immigration.

increase our use of electronic monitoring in 2007/08 so that as many as
2,000 extra individuals can be subject to electronic tagging or voice
verification to ensure that they are subject to close contact and control prior
to removal;

We and the Home Office know that this doesn’t work, recent written
replies by the Home Secretary in Parliament confirm this.

introduce an automatic presumption of deportation for those foreign
national prisoners sentenced by a court to 12 months or more (or for specific
offences) in the UK Borders Bill; 

Automatic presumption is always dangerous.

reduce the scope for judicial review of decisions to remove in cases
where the request for a judicial review is clearly only to delay the decision
or prevent removal. We will implement a new policy on tackling abuse of process
in March 2007

Removing another right does not make it better, it still needs to be

increase the number of people returned to countries with whom we already
have established routes, and open up routes to countries where we do not have
well functioning arrangements. The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Lord
Triesman, will give greater impetus to this crucial activity by establishing a new level of working with partner countries.

have a problem with this, providing that due process has been satisfied first.

every case, what the Home Office tell us they need rules for today, they can
and may be changed in the future, where we see the potential for abuse, because
always written into the Acts of Parliament in all of the Home Office
legislation are the outline of the Act as it will be enforced today, but it
carries the caviet ‘for related purposes’.

is therefore our duty to ensure that those ‘related purposes’ do not have the
ability to turn into anything more repressive, as in a related use for

constant calls for Data Sharing is really becoming wearisome now, the public is
saying NO, so government, start listening.




About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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