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The bill that created controversy in England: ‘2. ‘class citizenship’ becomes law

The Nationality and Borders Bill, which is being discussed in the UK parliament, draws a reaction due to the regulation that includes the removal of British citizenship from those who have family ties to other countries. NGOs argue that the bill will not only target refugees, but will also enact second-class citizenship.

The Nationality and Frontiers Bill, which was sent to the House of Lords after deliberations in the House of Commons, stipulates that anyone who reaches England through unsystematic means be sentenced to imprisonment.

It is stated that the regulation, which also includes an element that exempts the authorities who interfere with small boats carrying refugees from possible criminal processes, may lead to deaths during push-backs.

An element that was added to the bill later on, paves the way for the cancellation of citizenship of British citizens who subsequently became citizens or had family ties to other countries without informing them. Despite all the reactions, the government does not back down on the discriminatory and racist element.

During the deliberations of the bill, the opposition voiced their criticism. In his speech, Richard Rosser, member of the House of Lords Staff Party, pointed out that if the bill becomes law, those who come to England to seek asylum on justified grounds will be subject to a penal process.

Emphasizing that the UN Refugee Convention has decided that refugees cannot be penalized due to illegal entry in cases where their lives or freedoms are threatened, Rosser said, “If all countries adopt this approach, which finds fault with those who entered illegally to seek asylum, all international refugee the containment system would disintegrate,” he said.

“Not a scarecrow, but the truth”

Sayeeda Warsi from the Conservative Party drew attention to the element on citizenship. “These laws have the potential to cover lawmakers, their families, loved ones, friends, colleagues. It also includes some of our own individuals. This is a fact, not a mere alarmist,” Warsi said.

Second class citizenship

Some politicians, as well as non-governmental organizations, are also opposed to the bill. Anas Mustapha, from the non-governmental organization CAGE, said in a statement that the bill adds a new one to the existing powers that the government already has.

Noting that this authority provides the government with the opportunity to make people of color, Muslims and people of ancestry with other countries second-class citizens, Mustapha said, “If they do not stay calm, commit blatant crimes, travel to overt countries, the Minister of Interior will be able to take their citizenship away from them.”

“A racist edit”

Britain’s Sikh Board Secretary General, Gurpreet Singh, said the arrangement allows the government to “put pressure on people they think are a problem”, saying: “Now this does not mean that the person is wrong or has done something wrong. This person is someone who is against human rights in another country. It could be too.” he said.

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, the press officer of the Jewish Voice for the Working Party, reminded that in the past, in order for a person to be stripped of citizenship, that person must have the potential to commit a terrorist threat or a serious mistake.

Noting that this has been changed by the bill, Wimborne-Idrissi said, “But they are now in a position to define as unwanted a person whose views or political activities they do not like. It will also apply almost exclusively to black or brown skinned people. So it is deeply racist and with it comes a second-class or a kind of second-class society. It poses the danger of creating

The bill will be sent back to the House of Commons after deliberations in the House of Lords are concluded. The regulation will become law with the Queen’s approval, after the House of Commons votes on possible amendments.

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