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CH4 have been running a series of reports about conditions in our biggest detention centre for asylum seekers, run by a private sector company.  Presumably many of the inmates are a flight risk, liable to disappear off the Gov radar, hence the prison like confinement. Now whilst no doubt conditions could be improved; the CH4 reports don't focus on the reasons why the inmates are in there and why for so long. IF an asylum application is refused, why are they held for (in some cases) years before being physically deported?  Why is there a delay in deportations of those that have criminal records and served time in prison?  One Ethiopian inmate was shown begging to be returned home, having been held for over two years; so what's the problem?  Is it merely the delays caused by HR lawyer interference, with appeals;  how long does it take to arrange a flight home for these people?

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The whole thing is a legal minefield, with the HR legislation defeating speed and common sense. Some of the reasons given for seeking asylum are rather absurd; EG fear of domestic violence; on that basis women in the UK should be migrating to Australia, rather than seek local refuge and recourse to law. Basically, we're dealing with economic migrants, and it's time we had a system for speedy deportation.

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It probably is all lawyers.  The same problem exists in the US with death row prisoners, their lawyers file appeals on a rotating basis, as one is denied, another, worded slightly differently is filed.  The result is, the prisoner gets to stay alive for another 25 years and the law firm gets tax payer provided fees for 25 years.   This comment is not about the rights and wrongs of the death penalty, it's just a comment on how legal systems are manipulated.

Just for the record and maybe for another debate later, I personally support capital punishment.

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I don't really want to go there Tex; but the manipulation of the law by HR lawyers; paid for with legal aid from tax-payers; is one of the biggest absurdities of our age. These are economic migrants, entering the UK illegally, then when caught, register spurious asylum claims, which can drag on for years, leaving them stuck in places like Yars Wood, at an additional cost to the tax-payer.  I would have thought that it shouldn't be beyond the ability of our lawmakers to bring such abuse to an end, by ending legal aid for non-citizens, withdrawing from the ECHR, and bringing in a fast track deportation regime that operates in weeks if not days.

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