source: Huff Post
published: 7 September 2017
Immigration detention and the abuses related to it get far less attention than they should. This is largely because it concerns immigrants and, in the current toxic state of the debate around immigration, it is hard to excite public and media concern.
That makes it even more praiseworthy that the BBC devoted a whole Panorama programme to the shocking and brutal conditions in Brook House detention centre. Even those of us who thought we knew about the abuses in immigration detention were saddened and horrified.
Through the eyes of a young officer and with the help of covert filming we saw the verbal abuse, physical abuse and drug abuse which was rife in Brooke House. But perhaps the most shocking thing was how the G4S officers no longer seemed to see the detainees as human beings deserving of sympathy, and how routine the abuse had become.
The most important thing to remember about immigration detention is that was never meant to be long term.