Immigration Detention - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Singh of Wimbledon Lord Singh of Wimbledon Crossbench 3:15 pm, 3rd April 2019

My Lords, while the checking of documentation and control of numbers can be justified, does the Minister agree that indefinite detention and a callous, dismissive attitude to would-be immigrants or asylum seekers, including the elderly and infirm, as detailed in the report, can never be justified? This is a Christian country. In Leviticus 19:33-34, the Bible reminds us:

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him … you shall love him as yourself”.