The enforced removal of some people from Britain on escorted chartered flights falls short of humane treatment, with some leaving the country in waist restraint belts or leg restraints almost as a default, according to an official watchdog.
The first annual report from the independent monitoring board covering charter flight deportations says that people being deported were generally treated fairly on Home Office charter flights but some aspects of their enforced removal fell short of providing basic dignity.
The board’s report on removals in 2016 highlighted the use of force or restraint, which in some cases “appears to be a hasty reaction to a mild statement to the escorts of unwillingness to leave”.
America does an excellent job at shaming its poor people. Sure, there are state and federal programs that exist to help them. And in this way, we can pat ourselves on the back and make ourselves feel better about our supposed sense of charity.
But look below the surface and you will also see a consistent pattern of policies that are designed to stigmatize and punish the impoverished for their condition.
Recently in Wisconsin, the state’s budget committee approved a plan to drug test Medicaid recipients, despite zero evidence existing that those who receive public benefits use drugs.