Controversial act given royal assent

    The Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Bill
    received royal assent last week.

    The act contains measures to remove the children of failed asylum
    seekers who refuse to return to their countries of origin despite
    ferocious attempts by campaigners opposing the proposal.

    In March, the government backed down on plans to remove the right
    to challenge asylum decisions in court after an intervention from
    Lord Irvine, the former lord chancellor.

    Instead, the act outlines a single-tier asylum and immigration
    tribunal for appeals against immigration and asylum decisions.

    In limited cases, the tribunal’s decision can be reviewed by the
    High Court on the grounds that it made an error of law.

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