European week of action against deportation

European week of action against deportation


Written by: Joseph Eaton, Joseph Eaton

The Stop Deportation Network has proposed a European-wide week of action against deportation.

The Stop Deportation Network, along with other groups in Europe, is proposing a week of action against deportation across Europe, with a focus on joint European mass deportation flights and the EU external border agency (Frontex). The proposed date for the action is the first week of June 2010.

Stop Deportation is a loose network of groups and individuals in the United Kingdom who campaign and take action against deportations, with a particular focus on mass deportation flights. The hope behind the proposed week of action is that it will draw together and widen the scope and diversity of groups involved, including migrants and refugees and their supporters both inside and outside Europe.

The aim, according to the Stop Deportation Network, is to highlight the role of airlines and transport, escort and multinational security companies, such as Serco and G4S, in managing immigration removal centres and carrying out deportations on behalf of immigration authorities. The Network also wants to draw attention to the roles played by intergovernmental agencies such as Frontex and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Those who want to get involved are encouraged to contact the Stop Deportation Network via the website below.

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* At age 14 in 1933 the boy who would become Professor Joseph W. Eaton was expelled from the Hohenzollern Gymnasium in Berlin, as were all Jewish children. His parents sent him to New York to complete his education. After graduating from Cornell University in 1940, he was offered the Directorship of the Rural Settlement Institute, to implement a research programme of US experiences with cooperative farming. In 1942, Joe was drafted like all other German-Jewish refugees. He volunteered to serve in a British-US unit to be dropped over Germany, but by the time he arrived in Camp Ritchie for special training, this programme was scratched. The Nazis captured previous teams before they could provide intelligence and/or engage in sabotage. Joe was re-assigned to the 4th Mobile Radio Broadcasting Company, a small 10-person special unit attached to the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), headed by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Their assignment was the collection of intelligence by interviewing German prisoners of war and the residents of German villages and of the City of Aachen, which were occupied by U.S. forces in October 1944. Joe Eaton helped to prepare leaflets to be dropped over German lines by planes or artillery shells. After US forces began to move into Germany, Joe was assigned to edit the Regensburger Post, one of ten German newspapers published by US forces to replace the Nazi press. Near the end of the war in April, SHAEF agreed to Joe's suggestion to send him with a driver into Russian occupied Czechoslovakia to the just liberated Terecin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp. His mission was to secure a list of the liberated inmates for swift evacuation to their respective Allied homelands. As a young social scientist he understood the policy issues that motivated President Roosevelt to fight racist Germany with racially segregated US troops. But as a refugee from Nazi Germany, he thought the policy should begin to be modified and before too long, entirely terminated. Racial segregation subjected millions of fellow Americans to much suffering and unequal access to the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Censorship was not called for. There were no mutinies on 26 July 1948 when President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981 to end segregation in the US armed forces.

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

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