Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson Prime Minister
10 Downing Street London
cc: UK Home Secretary and UK Health Secretary,
Irish Health Secretary and Irish Minister for Justice and Equality,
All UK MPs,
All Members of the Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas),
All Leaders and CEOs of Local Authorities and Health Services in the UK,
All CEOs of Councils and Health Services in Ireland,
Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College, London,
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Ireland
Prof Ruairi Brugha, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Ireland
Dear Prime Minister,
I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights activist and Freelance Journalist.
I call upon the British and Irish States to act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted status now, as in Leave to Remain.
In this way, every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else.
Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID19 viral transmission to the absolute minimum and to care for themselves, their loved ones and their living and working communities.
It is imperative – is in everyone’s best interests – that the basic needs of all are met.
People living in extreme poverty and/or destitution and/or without immigration status in the UK or Ireland and/or without access to the NHS or the Irish Health System:
• Are unable to isolate as needed socially
• Cannot access health care, and income and other social support
• Cannot contribute openly and without fear, to making the population as safe as possible, alongside everyone else.
– Currently, migrant people who are in the legal system cannot keep physically safe on their allowances, because those allowances do not amount to enough money to eat healthily or buy and apply appropriate cleaning materials, and many are living in accommodation where they cannot socially isolate as they may want and need to.
– People who are destitute and/or undocumented and living in the shadows fear what will happen to them if they identify themselves, cannot access healthcare, emergency shelter and food, nor report or seek protection from domestic violence, rape, exploitation and other abuses – levels of which are already rising.
I hope that you will pay serious consideration to the concerns expressed in this letter.
William Nicholas Gomes,
Human Rights Activist and Freelance Journalist
York, United Kingdom