Scottish commissioner condemns dawn asylum raids

The children’s commissioner for Scotland has reiterated concerns over the treatment of asylum seeker children who face deportation following a dawn raid on family in Glasgow.
Kosovar asylum seekers Isen and Nexhi Vucaj, and their three children aged 13, 16 and 18-years-old, were taken from their home yesterday after their asylum application was turned down.
The family, who came to Britain in 2000, were said to be still fearful of reprisals if returned to Kosovo.
Kathleen Marshall called on the government to stop dawn raids and to give “urgent” consideration to alternatives to detention.
“I find it difficult to contemplate that anyone could justify allowing uniformed strangers to wake children in their beds, handcuff their parents in front of them and remove them in a manner that shuts off any possibility of gathering treasured belongings and saying good-bye to their friends,” she said.

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