Flores hands in petition to Home Office

Flores hands in petition to Home Office

Written by: IRR News Team

19-year-old campaigner Flores Sukula, of Bolton, went to the Home Office in London this week to hand in a petition of 2,500 signatures in support of her family’s anti-deportation campaign.

Five of the Sukula family’s six children – including an eleven-month-old baby – face being taken into care as a result of support being withdrawn from the family under the newly introduced Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004. The family fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and hope to build a new life in Bolton.

The petition included a number of signatures collected by the Bolton Evening News, which has been a strong supporter of the campaign. Flores, who is studying to be a midwife, was not allowed to meet Immigration Minister Tony McNulty in person instead, the minister spoke to a reporter from the Bolton Evening News and the family’s local MP, Brian Idden. Campaigners and activists who have been supporting the Sukula family are holding a conference next year on the impact of Section 9.

Related links

Sukula Family Must Stay Campaign

Fate of Sukula family in the hands of Bolton Council after lost appeal – IRR News report

The grim fate that awaits those deported to Congo – IRR News report

Flores Sukula – ‘This policy is ripping apart our family’

Pressure to end returns to DRC – IRR News report

Section 9 conference

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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