The Nationality and Borders Bill returns to the Commons for two days of scrutiny this week. Ahead of the debate, the Board of Deputies has prepared the following statement.
“The Board of Deputies of British Jews has long maintained a clear position relating to the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
Many people in the Jewish community came to the UK as frightened and vulnerable young children – some on the Kindertransport – and were welcomed into this country. Perhaps for that reason, our community expect that other communities in need receive the same treatment.
While we certainly share the Government’s desire to break the business model of people smugglers who profit from trafficking vulnerable human beings, there are a number of aspects of the proposed legislation that cause us concern.
We set out some concerns in a joint statement with fellow Jewish organisations JCORE, Rene Cassin, and World Jewish Relief earlier this year. And we reiterate some of these points again here.
We ask that these concerns be given due consideration by the Government as the Bill makes its journey through Parliament. The Jewish community, of course, will agree with the Government’s wish to increase the fairness of our system so we can protect and support those in genuine need of asylum. We will be requesting a meeting with a Home Office Minister to raise these important concerns.”