Grenfell Fire Victims Deserve Two-Year Amnesty

The British Red Cross has demanded the UK government to grant two years amnesty to undocumented immigrants who were caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire. Unfortunately, hundreds of people who were living in the 24-storey tower were killed by last month’s fire, which is believed to have killed at least 80 people. However, many of them are now staying in hotels until the government arranges permanent accommodation for them.
The Red Cross is currently assisting people who were affected by the fire, but states that some survivors with a jeopardized immigration status — for instance, people whose visas have expired or were about to apply for asylum — are sadly still hiding from the authorities, and not receiving the proper medical care because they are concerned that they will be deported.
Theresa May, UK prime minister, announced last week that the government would “not use this tragic incident as a reason to carry out immigration checks on those involved or on those providing vital information to identify victims or those assisting with the criminal investigation”. She stated to MPs that all victims of the fire would be able to access vital services, including “healthcare and accommodation”, regardless of their immigration status. However, it is not guaranteed that victims will not be deported.



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