In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship, can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else.
Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID19 viral transmission to the absolute minimum and to care for themselves, their loved ones and their living and working communities.
People living in extreme poverty and/or destitution and/or without immigration status in the UK or Ireland and/or without access to the NHS or the Irish Health System:
- Are unable to socially isolate as needed
- Cannot access health care, and income and other social support
- Cannot contribute openly and without fear, to making the population as safe as possible, alongside everyone else
Migrant people who are in the legal system cannot keep physically safe on their allowances, because those allowances don’t amount to enough money to eat healthily, or buy and apply appropriate cleaning materials, and many are living in accommodation where they cannot socially isolate as they may want and need to.
All people who are destitute and/or undocumented and living in the shadows fear what will happen to them if they identify themselves, cannot access healthcare, emergency shelter and food, nor report or seek protection from domestic violence, rape, exploitation and other abuses - levels of which are already rising.
It is imperative - being in everyone’s best interests - that the basic needs of all are met.
HOW TO SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN?
Please ask your MP to support EDM #658.
We have an urgent request: the call for Status Now for All is being carried into Parliament in an Early Day Motion – EDM #658 as follows:
EDM #658 – LEAVE TO REMAIN STATUS
That this House notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens of the UK and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to government advice on social distancing, and to ensure the health of themselves and their families as well as helping protect the health of all of us.
We are grateful to Claudia Webbe MP, Leicester East for agreeing to table the motion with support from a group of MPs:
Please will you contact your own MP, and to inform your networks about this EDM, asking them to bring it to their MP’s attention and inviting them to sign it, or if they are not able to sign by virtue of their position in Parliament, then to verbally support it in conversation with their colleagues.
You can find your MP’s contact details here using your postcode:
A suggested letter that could be sent to MPs is attached and here:
Dear NAME OF MP,
I am writing as a member of your constituency.
You may be aware that Claudia Webbe MP, with 5 other MPs, has tabled EDM658 calling on the Government to take immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the UK is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status.
I would like to ask if you will sign this EDM658.
The media coverage (BBC and Guardian), on our report "A Chance to Feel Safe" developed prior to the EDM, reached the public domain during this last week:
Thank you for your continuing support.
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Launch event Saturday 11 July 2020 at 4pm
At the end of March the Network called on the British Prime Minister and Irish Taoiseach to grant leave to remain, Status Now, to all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland, to ensure their and others’ safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. The open letter to the heads of states has received over 65 organisational signatories, the online petition has gained over 3,700 signatories and counting, and an EDM #658 (early day motion) calling for Leave to Remain has been put down in the UK Parliament.
This launch event will celebrate the newly-formed Status Now Network with cultural events, and will include discussions from people with lived experience of being undocumented, MPs and some of our signatories, conversation and sharing ideas, and a press conference. Do join us.
Full programme to follow.
Book your (free) ticket here: https://statusnow4all-launch-event.eventbrite.co.uk