From the Labour Campaign for Free Movement. This is one of three motions originating in the vicinity of Labour Left Internationalists adopted by Momentum as priorities for Labour Conference 2022. The orher two are on the police and. on public ownership of energy.
Migrant solidarity: towards a humane, internationalist and socialist immigration policy
The government’s inhumane immigration policy is illustrated by its treatment of Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, Windrush scandal victims, and everyone crossing the Channel; the Nationality and Borders Act’s assault on the right to asylum; and the brutal Rwandan deportation scheme.
Attacks on migrants are attacks on the labour movement. Making migrant workers precarious diminishes our power to resist.
Conference applauds PCS trade unionists considering striking against dangerous maritime “pushback” plans.
Labour must build solidarity and campaign for migrants’ rights and an antiracist, internationalist alternative.
Labour will work in power, and campaign in opposition and at the grassroots, to:
Repeal the Nationality and Borders Act and all anti-migrant legislation;
Reject immigration systems based on numerical caps, minimum income/wealth requirements, or utility to employers;
Guarantee safe, legal routes for asylum seekers, day-one rights to work, education and social security, and expand family reunion rights;
Abolish “no recourse to public funds”, NHS access restrictions and all Hostile Environment policies;
Replace Settled Status with an automatic Right to Stay;
Introduce a simple process for all UK residents to gain permanent residency;
Grant all UK residents equal voting rights;
Close all detention centres; end all immigration raids, detention, and deportations, including racist “double sentencing”;
Support workers refusing to implement deportations, Hostile Environment measures and pushbacks;
Level up domestic workers’ rights to equal other workers;
Reenter Europe’s free movement area, and pursue free movement agreements with other countries, including in all future trade deals, with the goal of equal free movement for all.
This is at the word limit – 10/10 words in the title, 249/250 words in the text – so if anything more were added, the whole submission would be ruled out. The deadline for conference motions is 15 September. Most CLPs will decide their motions in July, August, or early September.