Letter: After Lawrence

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After Lawrence

Sir: In the wake of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, the Prime Minister suggests that all public organisations should review their attitudes and practices for institutional racism. Noting that under the Government's Immigration and Asylum Bill, Immigration Officers will be given new powers to search premises, and arrest asylum seekers"using reasonable force if necessary", and remembering the tragic death of Joy Gardner, it has to be asked whether the Government's bold stance on rooting out institutional racism will apply to the Immigration Service. Or not?


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