IRR News (28 October – 10 November 2016)
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Dear IRR News subscriber,
The Department for Education’s recent attempt to collect country-of-birth and nationality data on around 8 million children is the latest manifestation of the government’s strategy to make Britain a ‘hostile environment’ for irregular migrants, embedding immigration control into education in the process.
This week on IRR News, we interview representatives from Schools Against Borders for Children who discuss how they have resisted these plans: initiating a mass boycott of data collection, supporting parents and teachers, garnering widespread media coverage and encouraging opposition in the House of Lords. As Schools ABC make clear, this is a campaign that is far from over and there are many ways that it can be supported. We also publish an article by Aisha Maniar who shows, in meticulous detail, how the ongoing privatisation of court translation services is subverting access to justice by eroding the right to a fair trial.
Our regular calendar of racism and resistance, published here, is a fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns.
IRR News team
Interview with Schools ABC
Below we interview members of a new campaign, Schools ABC, set up to resist the encroachment of border controls in schools.