Yvette Cooper: Why not let common sense prevail?

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called on Home Office ministers and officials to apply "a bit of common sense" and use their discretion to decide how and when deportations should take place.

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Calling for ministers to stop tonight's planned deportation of 19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi, Ms Cooper said:

Why on earth are UK Border Staff and Ministers insisting that this 19 year old is deported without her family and just months from her A-Levels?

Discretion is there for a reason so they can deal with individual cases in a sensible way. Why not let this teenager get her exams done and have her case handled alongside her family as their own guidance says?

Even at this late stage Ministers should intervene and make sure common sense prevails.

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