Nick Clegg condemns Campsfield expansion plans

first_imgDEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Nick Clegg has spoken out against the expansion of Campsfield House Immigration detention Centre, arguing that there is not a “clear case” for the proposals.Clegg declared, “The Home Office needs to improve the speed and accuracy of immigration and asylum decisions. This will reduce demand, help save money, and mean we can eventually close centres such as Campsfield House.”The prospective Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, supported his remarks. She said, “I am delighted the Deputy Prime Minister has backed our calls. The ‘needs case’ for this expansion is now even less convincing.”His decision to speak out against existing plans contrasts with Prime Minister David Cameron’s response to an open letter from 21 local organizations in December, which called for the withdrawal of plans to expand the detentioncentre.  In the reply, the Head of Detention Operations at the Home Office, Karen Abdel-Hady, confirmed that a planning application had been submitted and that if approved, would “provide modern accommodation and facilities” and “meet the strategic objectives of immigration enforcement”.Abdel-Hady’s response went on to defend the Immigration Removal Centre, arguing, “Detention and removal are essential and effective parts of immigration control but it’s vital it’s done with humanity and dignity.”Having previously expressed her disappointment at the response from the Home office, an Oxford researcher working on deportation and immigration detention was this time “extremely pleased” with the Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to speak out against proposals to double the size of Campsfield.Dr. Melanie Griffiths told Cherwell, “The UK is unique in Europe for having no maximum time limit for immigration detention, meaning that people have no idea how long they might be detained for, with many incarcerated for months or even years. It is also an extremely costly process, at £36,000 per detainee per year, and causes immense damage to individuals and their families.’’ “Given all this, rather than seek to expand detention space yet further, we should be looking into cheaper and more civilised means of operating an immigration system. I welcome Clegg’s recognition that we should call for the end of this cruel practice.”She went on to say, “Depriving a person of their liberty simply for administrative inconvenience is abhorrent.”Oxford University’s Amnesty International was equally keen to back Clegg’s comments, with their President commenting, “We are pleased that the Deputy PM has condemned the expansion plans and hope this representsa growing trend.”“UK law and the Home Office’s own policy guidance clearly state that detention should be used sparingly and for the shortest period necessary. Yet these recent rapid expansions suggest that rather than ‘sparingly’, detention is being increasingly relied upon to warehouse migrants simply for administrative reasons, a proportion of whom will never be removedfrom the UK.”Dr. Griffiths was keen to encourage people to express their views on the issue using the Detention Forum website.A statement prepared by OUSU’s Student Executive Officers about the expansion plans declares, “Campsfield House should not be expanded: it should be closed down. Detainees at Campsfield report frequent abuse – just last month the detainees themselves staged a protest against the violent treatment of one of their number – and are systematically denied their basic rights. That Campsfield is run for profit by a private company is also troubling.“Migrants are not criminals. Many of the detainees in Campsfield faced persecution in their countries of origin and came to Britain needing our help. As a country, we are under an obligation not to mistreat them. Sadly, our immigration policy remains inhumane, and places like Campsfield are testament to that.“That is why it is the position of OUSU to oppose Campsfield House, and therefore we deplore plans for its expansion. We are glad that many Oxford students and academics – including nine heads of colleges – agree with us on this issue, and we will continue to lobby the government to close Campsfield.”The planning application for the extension to Campsfield has been deferred to the Cherwell District Council planning committee meeting on February 19th because the applicants ‘need more time to resolve the highways issue’.Neither the offices of David Cameron nor the Liberal Democrat party responded to requests for comment.last_img read more

FSSA Names New Leadership Team For The Division Of Mental Health And Addiction

first_imgThe Indiana Family and Social Services Administration  announced that Zionsville resident Jay Chaudhary, J.D., will serve as the next director of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Chaudhary (pronounced CHAW-dree) begins in his new role on September 9. He replaces Kevin Moore, who retired in April after 35 years of state service. FSSA also announced Rachel Halleck will serve as DMHA deputy director and the division’s chief of staff.“We are excited to welcome Jay and Rachel to continue the build on the momentum of DMHA in serving Hoosiers in a more comprehensive and evidence-based manner,” said FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. “Jay is a committed patient advocate and expert on innovative system design in mental health and addiction. His willingness to serve as DMHA director couldn’t have come at a better time as Indiana focuses on integrated care and improved health outcomes.”Chaudhary is currently the managing attorney for Indiana Legal Services where he’s served in several key positions including Midtown Medical Legal Partnership’s founding director. In his current role, Chaudhary focuses on improving health outcomes by addressing the individual and systemic legal needs of Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorder. He is a graduate of Ball State University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.Halleck, who lives in Indianapolis, is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed addiction counselor who most recently served as the senior director of behavioral health strategy and innovation for Volunteers of America Ohio and Indiana. She completed her undergraduate education at Hanover College where she was the Distinguished Psychology Student of the Year. Halleck earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.“After a comprehensive and competitive national search, we couldn’t be more pleased that we found such a dynamic leadership duo right in our own backyard,” added Secretary Walthall. “Jay and Rachel both possess the invaluable combination of great talent and the desire to serve others. I have no doubt they will deliver on Governor Holcomb’s direction to attack the drug epidemic through prevention, treatment and enforcement.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Housing Market Recovery In Full Swing REMAX

first_img The national housing market recovery is “”in full swing,”” according to the June edition of “”RE/MAX’s””: National Housing Report.[IMAGE]The report, released Monday, revealed that May saw increases in both home sales and house median home prices for 42 of the 53 surveyed metropolitan markets.For the fourth consecutive month, the RE/MAX report found an overall increase in median home price across the country. [COLUMN_BREAK]In May, the national median home price was $166,500, a 6.1 percent increase year-over-year and a 4.1 increase month-over-month. Of the 53 metros surveyed, a record 46 showed rises in median home price, with nine seeing double-digit increases. Closed transactions across the United States also rose in May, with markets showing an overall increase of 12.6 percent from April and 12.8 percent from May 2011. May 2012 marked the 11th straight month of year-over-year home sales gains. Forty-eight of the surveyed metros saw increases in home sales, and 38 of those saw double-digit increases.Days on Market (the number of days between the first listing of a home in an MLS and the day a sales contract is signed) fell in May to 92, a large drop from 96 in April and a smaller year-over-year decline from 94 in 2011. In the last year, the average Days on Market fell below 90 just twice, with July and September 2011 both seeing an average of 88. This level may be reached again in the summer as transactions rise and inventory falls. Housing Market Recovery ‘In Full Swing’: RE/MAX Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2012-06-19 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Share June 19, 2012 431 Views last_img read more