The families and lawyers of people who were deported to Jamaica this weekhave called on the government to stop expelling people who have lived in the UK since childhood.
At least nine people who had been due to be deported on Wednesday but who were given a last-minute reprieve have been in the UK since they were children. Media coverage of their cases appears to have prompted officials to reconsider decisions to remove them, although no explanation was given for the change of plan.
Vance Brown, from Oxford, whose son Chevon, 23, was deported on Wednesday, said Chevon was in a very bad state when they spoke by phone after his arrival in Kingston. “He is devastated and feeling suicidal. We told him to hang on for our sake,” he said.