Anti-Deportation Ireland launch « Consider the Tea Cosy
Was reading this from earlier on in the month. It lays out in what I believe to be very clear language the dilemma facing asylum seekers here, who because of the constant threat of deportation and the system of direct provision are not afforded the same rights we have come to expect as human beings.
It seems we have two classes of personhood in this State. If we make the assertion, as we often do, that we have a collective respect for the rights of humans, when how can we allow people who come here fleeing some of the worst regimes in the world to be treated this way? We deny them education, certainty, community, privacy and security - we even deny them the possibility of working and contributing in our State.
Surely this situation cannot continue. Surely we cannot condone the taking of children from their beds in the middle of the night for the purposes of deportation? Surely we cannot tolerate the State degrading human beings into a sub-human category, and treating them as such?