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To: Bristol City Council
'These Walls Must Fall' Motion Bristol
We, the undersigned, ask Bristol City Council to pass the 'These Wall Must Fall' Motion. This symbolic gesture will mean Bristol joins a growing number of UK city councils who are passing condemnations of our country's shameful immigration detention system. We hope it will help to create a more welcoming and open environment for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol - something that our modern, multi-cultural city can be proud of.
Why is this important?
"Over 30,000 people are locked up in prison-like conditions every year, with no time limit on how long they can be held. This is not for having committed a crime. It is purely because they do not (yet) have the correct immigration papers.
The majority of people detained are eventually released, but many never really recover from the trauma. It’s a terrible waste of money (£125 million a year), and a waste of lives.
Immigration detention is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK’s “hostile environment” for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored."
Quoted from the 'These Walls Must Fall' Campaign Website (http://detention.org.uk/)