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Groups call for full immigration amnesty for Grenfell Tower tenants

More than 40 organisations have signed the petition calling for an “indefinite leave to remain”.

21 July, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Grenfell Tower 

MIGRANT rights, race relations and community groups have signed an open letter calling for full immigration amnesty to all survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who do not have regularised immigration status.

Liberty, the Runnymede Trust, the Institute of Race Relations, and Asylum Aid are among 40 organisations to sign the petition calling for an “indefinite leave to remain”.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour MPs David Lammy and Diane Abbott have openly called for full amnesty. The government has so far offered a 12-month amnesty.

Kathryn Medien, from the Radical Housing Network, said: “The Grenfell Tower tragedy was preventable, it was the result of systematic failures by local and central government to provide adequate and safe housing. Migrants should not be punished for these failures.”

She said the petition was “an attempt to draw necessary attention to the urgency of amnesty and highlights the failure of the government to address this issue in a sustained and long-term way”.

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