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Lunchtime demo planned for grandmother facing deportation

DEMONSTRATION: Movement for Justice are campaigning for the government's citizenship scheme to be extended to Windrush descendants (Image: Movement for Justice)

A DEMO will be held this lunchtime in aid of a Jamaican grandmother facing deportation.

Eulalee, who was born a citizen of the UK in Jamaica when it was a colony, was detained in Yarl’s Wood.

A descendant of the Windrush Generation, she joined her parents in the UK as an adult after 1973 – the year when members of the Windrush Generation were given the right to remain in the UK.

The 60-year-old, who has an extensive British family living in the UK – including a daughter and grandchildren who all have British citizenship of indefinite leave to remain – has been fighting to stay in the country for 17 years.

After a life of abuse and domestic violence she escaped to the UK to be with her family in 2001. She is in a long-term relationship with a partner who is of the Windrush Generation and came to the UK in 1968 as a child.

Despite numerous attempts to regularise her status, Eulalee has been told her family ties were not significant or that her partner could join her in Jamaica, even though he himself has extensive family and children in the UK. Her son was removed from the UK despite his child and family here and five months later he was murdered.

A spokesperson for Movement for Justice, the organisation supporting Eulalee and a number of other women in a similar situation, said: “Like so many of the Jamaican grandmothers we have met with ties to the Windrush Generation [Eulalee] was left with no choice while detained in Yarl’s Wood than to claim asylum or face removal to a country where they have no families left where returnees are frequently subjected to violence and murder.

“Eulalee’s story is the story of many, the Windrush Generation is so much more than those who came before 1973, its close extended families existing across borders for generations – families that are being ripped apart and divided by racist immigration laws and the hostile environment. It’s time to widen Windrush and win Amnesty for all.

The demo will take place today, between 12 and 2pm, outside Taylor House in Clerkenwell during the lunch break of Eulalee’s asylum hearing.

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