This is a crucial piece of legislation and, from the very outset, hundreds of organisations, including PERN, have opposed its cruel approach to the asylum system. It would see refugees treated differently depending on how they arrive in the UK, be criminalised for entering irregularly, and potentially be flown overseas to have their asylum application processed in another country.
The Bill is currently in the House of Lords, where many members have raised strong objections to numerous parts of the Bill. Many amendments have been proposed, which would reduce some of the most harmful aspects – but these will be futher debated and voted on when the Bill returns to the Commons in mid-March.
Here is a useful summary of the Bill, by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and you can also follow Refugee Action or the Refugee Council to keep up-to-date with its progress.