The big question?

    Do you support the tightening of the asylum rules in the
    government’s new bill?

    Len Smith

    The bill is evidence that this government is jerked by the puppet
    string of the prejudiced gutter press. Blatant misreporting has
    whipped up frenzy against these vulnerable people, allowing
    government to seem to act in response to public demand. Some of the
    new provisions directly contradict the ethos of asylum.

    Jaya Kathrecha

    Yes, I support stricter rules. Too much of the resources go to
    asylum seekers. My son has a mental illness and I walked into
    social services and virtually begged for help. They asked me if I
    was an asylum seeker. When I said no they said they couldn’t help.
    I think that sort of thing creates ill-feeling against asylum

    Ibrahim Koroma
    Asylum seeker

    I’m trying hard to survive and you feel the authorities are
    cracking down more and more. My case is dragging on and I’ve been
    staying at a friend’s flat for more than a year now, sharing a
    bedroom. If he gets tired of me I would have nowhere to go and
    nothing to live on and that scares me a lot.

    Joan Scott
    Director, Action Unlimited

    I think the rules are too strict. When I heard about the idea of
    taking children of asylum seekers into care I thought “that’s bad”.
    OK, they have to be aware of public opinion and not let too many
    in. But I can’t believe they would turn families on to the streets
    and then take their children off them. And surely that’s going to
    cost more money.

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