Members of the community have been waiting over a year for their asylum applications to be processed. I therefore asked for a debate to be scheduled on the length of time to process Asylum Applications.
During their time here, my constituents have been entirely self-sufficient and cost the taxpayer absolutely nothing. Despite this, they still have no decision from the Home Office. This is unacceptable.
Mr Grayling’s reply was unsatisfactory and was clearly not relevant to the question that I had posed him. And while Mr Grayling claims that the UK has a “long tradition” for providing people with refuge, the UK Government has pledged to take only a fraction of Syrian refugees – 20,000 – and only a small amount of the unaccompanied children fleeing war and persecution – 3,000.
The UK Government are willing to stall asylum applications and refuse vulnerable families simply to meet draconian immigration targets. This unforgivable policy is costing lives and casting great uncertainty on peoples’ futures.