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Immigration minister Mark Harper tells failed asylum seeker to go home

Immigration minister Mark Harper tells failed asylum seeker to go home | Cultural Challenges Faced by Migrants | Scoop.it

Tory Mark Harper says Iraqi Esam Amin has no right to stay in BritainHighly charged confrontation organised by BBC television producers 
Mr Amin has lost legal bids for asylum in the UK five times since 2008Mr Harper said claims were ‘ridiculous’ and he ‘should leave’ the country

 

Furious immigration minister Mark Harper personally told a failed asylum seeker to go home – on live television.

The senior Tory told Iraqi Esam Amin that his claims to stay in Britain were ‘ridiculous’ and he ‘should leave’ the country.

During the highly charged confrontation on the BBC, Mr Harper said neither the government nor the courts believed Mr Amin’s claims and the British taxpayer should not support him.

 

Mr Harper, who has taken an increasingly tough line on illegal immigration, signed off the controversial ‘Go Home’ ad vans which toured London this summer.

He came face to face with Mr Asim on BBC1’s Sunday Politics West, making clear that the Iraqi had no right to stay in Britain.

 

Mr Amin’s claims to asylum have been rejected five times in the past six years.

The minister said it was now time to leave the country.

During a 10-minute row, Mr Harper told him: ‘We are very clear Mr Amin has had the chance to claim asylum, his case has been looked at very carefully by the government, we didn’t find it credible.

THE KURDISH CHEF WHO KEEPS REFUSING TO GO BACK TO IRAQ

Esam Amin has been seeking asylum in the UK since 2008.

The 32-year-old volunteer chef from East Bristol boasts of campaigning to highlight the 'destitution some asylum seekers face' in the city.

But five times the British courts have rejected his claim that his life would be at risk if he returned to his native Iraq.

He left Iraq in 2007 and arrived in Britain later that year.

Writing on the Asylum Seekers in Bristol website online, he said: 'I know my story is true, but his system didn't believe me and it has made me destitute. 

'I can’t return to my country because it is too risky for me.'

He asked Immigration Minister Mark Harper to 'imagine having £5 a day for food and everything, as this is the support he gives asylum seekers and I don’t even get that at the moment'. 

'I am lucky that I have friends helping me. Others are not so lucky, they are living outside or in bus shelters,' he said.

The Kurdish asylum seeker has previously claimed the UK asylum system is 'like a torture' and organised street protests against it.

Working as a chef for the Welcome House run by the Bristol Hospitality Network, Mr Amin has been praised for cooking 'many wonderful meals - many of which involve surprisingly tasty fish heads'.

‘We have a fair system where he is able to go through a legal process and the judge didn’t find his claim credible, in fact he said parts of his claim were “not credible and ridiculous”.

‘I’m afraid he has no right to be in the United Kingdom and he should leave.’

Mr Amin claimed his life would be in danger if he was sent back to Iraq.

But he admitted he has failed in his bid to claim asylum in Bristol five times since 2008.

He told the programme: ‘I am not an illegal person, I am an asylum seeker, I am a human being like you.

‘My life in my country is in danger that’s why I decided, and I left my family and everything, to come here. I claimed asylum, I came to find a safe place.

‘I know my story is true and your system doesn’t believe me.

‘Five times they didn’t believe me which has been going on for nearly six years. I can’t return to my home because my life is in danger there. I am campaigning so I can get my right to a safe place.’

He claimed that he had only £5 to live on after his claim was rejected.

But Mr Harper said the British taxpayer should not have to pick up the tab for someone who has no right to be here.  

The minister added: ‘With the greatest respect when you were here claiming asylum taxpayers supported you, you now have no right to be in the United Kingdom and you should return.

‘We don’t believe you and neither did the judge.’

He went on: ‘Hardworking families will be sat there finding it incredible that someone has had the chance to go through a system, have had a decision, have appealed it to a judge and they have been found not to have the need for our protection.

‘They would think it is incredible that the taxpayer should continue supporting them to stay in this country and they have no right to be here.

‘It doesn’t give everyone in the world the right to come to the United Kingdom.'

 

Ministers have grown increasingly frustrated with repeated legal challenges from people seeking to live in the UK.

Mr Harper warned the costs and ongoing court battles risked undermining public support for the entire immigration system.

He told the BBC: 'We protect people and we are very generous at protecting people genuinely fleeing persecution, and I think if people abuse our system. 

'It will damage the British public’s tolerance for people genuinely fleeing persecution.’

Mr Harper has previously argued that the controversial ‘Go home, or face arrest’ poster campaign was not ‘racist’ and is pushing for it to be extended across the country.

 

He launched a strong attack on critics of the Home Office billboards, claiming they are encouraging those who are in the country illegally to go on breaking the law.

‘No society that encourages people to break its laws can survive,’ Mr Harper said. 

‘That, however, is precisely what our critics are asking us to do. They say we should not try to persuade illegal immigrants to leave.’

The Home Office has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority to stop using the vehicles because claims about the number of arrests were 'misleading'.

The ASA said the 'go home' slogan was 'distasteful' but cleared it over complaints that it was offensive and irresponsible.

The Home Office sent the vans displaying billboards warning overstaying migrants ‘Go home, or you'll be picked up and deported’ to tour six London boroughs in July.

Tory ministers including Mr Harper made clear their desire to send the vans across the country but the Lib Dems dismissed them as 'silly' and refused to back their future use.

Labour accused the Tories of using the ‘language of the National Front’.

The Advertising Standards Authority received 224 complaints against the Home Office campaign earlier this year.

Groups representing migrants in the UK, legal academics and Labour peer Lord Lipsey were among those who complained to the ASA.

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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 29, 2013 2:07 AM

After reading this article about Esam Amin I was left doubting every immigration system in the world. It seems so unfair that this man has had to appeal five times and has still been rejected by Britain. I felt highly annoyed that the immigration minister Mark Harper simply told Amin to "Go home" because he clearly has no sympathy towards asylum seekers. I would use this article as a topic of discussion in my classroom including questioning my students on what they would do in both positions of the argument - maybe even have a debate on the issue.

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Immigration: 'One In Five Marriages A Sham'

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Around 20% of weddings in urban areas are bogus, it is claimed, as figures show the number of reported cases stands at 1,800.

 

Up to one in five marriages conducted in civil ceremonies in parts of the country may be bogus, one of Britain's most senior registrars has warned.

In an interview with Sky News, Mark Rimmer, the chairman of the Local Registration Services Association, said 20% of weddings in urban areas were suspicious - the worst it has ever been.

Home Office figures show the number of reported cases has tripled in the last three years to 1,800.

But Mr Rimmer said the number of sham marriages - which were likely an attempt to gain residence in the UK - reported to the authorities was "the tip of the iceberg" and that official figures are a "drop in the ocean" compared with the full scale of the problem.

 

He said the issue is now worse than in 2004 when the first legislation to combat the phenomenon was introduced and that registrars are having to conduct ceremonies they suspect to be bogus "through gritted teeth".

"We have seen huge increases in potential sham marriages presenting themselves to us, we now have more reports from registrars going to the Home Office, but I think that is the tip of a very large iceberg, and effectively the real scale of the problem is far greater than that that is reported to the Home Office officially.

"Most registration officers are not immigration officers, they came into this business to facilitate marriage. So therefore they don't want to be cynical.

"Unfortunately therefore what happens is the ones that are absolutely blatant get reported and there are some that are borderline that slip through without being reported - and that is the iceberg under the water and that's huge - it is absolutely huge.

"In an area like anywhere in London it is multiple times per week ... it would not be unreasonable to say that 20% of all our marriages are suspicious or have some elements of suspicion about them.

 

"So one in five in London, probably in the other big cities as well it will be a similar problem. Obviously in county areas in the countryside it is not as big a problem, but certainly in the urban areas, with high areas of ethnicity it is significant."

As part of an investigation into the issue, Sky News witnessed a raid last month by Home Office officials on a suspected sham marriage between a Nigerian man and a Portuguese woman.

The 32-year-old groom was arrested and has since been deported, while the 22-year-old woman is on bail under criminal investigation.

Mr Rimmer suggested that overall 15,000 of the 173,000 civil weddings that take place each year in England and Wales could be bogus - almost 10 times the official level.

Officials found the process very frustrating, he told Sky News.

"You go into a marriage thinking that you are going to a proper relationship - sealing and cementing someone's relationship - yet you know that this is purely a financial transaction, you can imagine how frustrating that can be. Very often the ceremony is done through gritted teeth," he said.

Both David Cameron and Theresa May have repeatedly pledged to tackle sham marriages.

In a speech in October 2011, Mr Cameron pledged to "end the ridiculous situation where a registrar who knows a marriage is a sham still has to perform the ceremony".

But Mr Rimmer said the situation was worse than ever after a series of legal challenges.

He said: "Sham marriages have been a problem for many, many years. And the previous government introduced legislation to combat it back in 2004.

 

"As a result of that legislation, it did put a cap on the problem for the first year or so, but unfortunately the legislation was subject to challenge and the government lost on a couple of occasions in the high court.

"Eventually it was watered down to a degree it became meaningless and eventually was repealed in 2010. Since 2010, we have had the problem re-emerging and it is even worse than the problem was in 2004."

In July 2008 the Law Lords ruled that Home Office rules under which foreign nationals needed official permission to marry breached human rights.

Mr Rimmer added that while the rules for British citizens bringing foreign partners into the country to marry have been tightened, EU citizens are still free to abuse the laws.

He said: "The law relating to British nationals getting married is becoming more and more rigid. So therefore there are probationary periods if you marry a British national during which time the Border Agency/Home Office can check up as to whether that relationship is still in existence.

"There is not the same check with European Union nationals, so therefore the scams are usually perpetrated by European nationals other than Brits, because it is more advantageous to do so.

 

"Some nationalities in Europe being trafficked in for the sex industry - are being sold on to go through bogus marriages, so these people are victims in themselves, under duress.

"These sham marriages are a direct result of organised crime, this is organised criminality, a lot of racketeers making millions of pounds out of the racket - this is actually not something that is like a green card - this is massive criminality on an industrial scale."

Mr Rimmer said his organisation is working with ministers to introduce new legislation that could help reduce the number of sham marriages by including ceremonies held in the Church of England.

Brodie Clarke, former head of the UK Border Force, told Sky News it is impossible for officials to police every marriage.

He said: "They can't be everywhere. We do need to depend on the public and have sought that support from registrars to say if there's something suspicious here, please report it. And that would then trigger the attendance of somebody or an examination by somebody from UKBA to look at those circumstances.

"So it can't be done just by uniformed people in the Home Office - it needs partnerships of all. That's the only way this is going to pull together and work.

"But those demands and requirements of partners have to be reasonable and they have to be able to deliver on those demands and requirements - and that's a challenge, I think, for government to make that work."

Immigration Minister Mark Harper told Sky News: "Sham marriages have for too long been an easy target for migrants seeking to circumvent our immigration rules, often assisted by organised criminals.

"Registrars are frustrated when they marry couples who are obviously sham. We need more effective tools to deal with it.

"By extending the marriage and civil partnership notice period to 28 days in England and Wales and allowing this to be increased to 70 days in some circumstances we will make time to investigate, prosecute and remove those involved in sham marriages."

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Immigration texts 'sent in error' prompt complaints

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Home Office texts wrongly accusing people of being illegal immigrants have prompted more than 140 complaints.

Among those contacted was a veteran civil rights campaigner who has lived in Britain since 1966.

Officials have sent messages to almost 40,000 people they suspect of not having a right to be in the UK.

Labour's David Hanson said the move showed how "shambolic and incompetent" the border police had become under the current government.

Meanwhile, immigration minister Mark Harper has said that vans telling illegal immigrants in London to "go home or face arrest" could be deployed across the UK.

He told BBC One's Question Time that the government was assessing the results of the scheme, which was piloted in the capital earlier this year.

'Shocked and horrified'
His department defended texting people urging them to contact border officials to discuss their immigration status.

"We believe it is right to enforce the rules," the Home Office said.

"We are taking proactive steps to contact individuals who records show have no valid right to be in the UK."

It said only 14 people had been contacted in error.

But two of them - campaigner Suresh Grover and immigration lawyer Bobby Chan - reacted angrily to the messages.

 

"I came here with my parents in 1966, I was born in East Africa and have a British passport," Mr Grover told the Independent newspaper - adding he was "shocked" and "horrified" to be contacted.

Mr Chan said the texts "stereotype immigrants as a criminal community and create an atmosphere of fear."

Ministers awarded outsourcing company Capita the contract to trace people believed to have outstayed their visas.

The message read: "Our records show you may not have leave to remain in the UK. Please contact us to discuss your case."

'Go home' vans
The complaints come after the government was criticised for using vans with a picture of handcuffs telling immigrants to "go home" if they were not entitled to be in the UK.

During July, they were driven around the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow for a week.

Labour accused ministers of "borrowing the language" used by the National Front in the 1970s.

But Mr Harper told Question Time he did not "have any problem" with the overall message and if they had proved successful could be used in other parts of the country.

Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable said the campaign had been "stupid and offensive".

 

And his party colleague, Home Office minister Jeremy Browne, who has since lost his job, said the Lib Dems would not "be agreeing any proposals to bring them back".

Earlier this month, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned the posters, saying they had misled the public about the arrest statistics displayed.

However, it cleared the campaign of being offensive and irresponsible.

'Offensive and inappropriate'
Mr Harper said: "I don't have any problem with saying to people who are here illegally that they shouldn't be here anymore."

He added: "It's a pilot. We are assessing the results at the moment."

Mr Harper also said: "We are going to publish the results when we have done the evaluation. If it's successful, we will roll it out. If it's not, we won't."

But Labour's shadow immigration minister Mr Hanson said: "Theresa May's immigration system lurches from one gimmick to another with little effect.

"The reports that the government has allowed a private contractor to send British citizens text message telling them to leave the country demonstrates once more just how shambolic and incompetent the Home Office's border police is under Theresa May.

"These messages will rightly cause distress and offence to British citizens, many of whom have done much to contribute to our society. It is simply wrong for this sort of message to be sent by text, and to be so poorly targeted.

"Yet again, like the offensive and inappropriate ad vans, the government will be using taxpayer's hard-earned money to offend and alienate its own citizens."

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Doctors will not be 'immigration officers' despite patient visa checks

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Doctors and landlords will not have to become "immigration officers" despite new laws which require them to carry out checks on foreign patients and tenants, the Home Secretary has said.

 

The government's immigration bill contains a legal requirement for private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants.

The legislation will also require overseas nationals to prove they are in Britain legally before they can visit at GP or hospital.

They will have to produce their visa before they are issued with a temporary NHS number, a move which doctors have warned will turn them into "border guards".

However, Theresa May told BBC Breakfast: "This isn't a questions of suddenly everybody is going to be turned into an immigration officer."

She said that the checks carried out by landlords will be similar to those carried out by employers, and that the Home Office is setting up a helpline to provide assistance.

 

Under the plans, students from outside Europe will have to pay a levy of £200 before they are permitted to use the health service.

Mrs May said: “Crucially, in the bill, what we’ll be doing is addressing the issue that people get fed up when they feel that people are able to come into the country and access the health service without having contributed to it.

"So we will be asking for a surcharge - there’ll be a sort of levy on people who are going to be coming here to be staying for a while to contribute so that people can feel it’s fair that actually people are being asked to contribute to public services such as the NHS.

“But also, one of the things the NHS has always been quite bad at is charging people who they should be charging – people who don’t actually have a right to have free access to the NHS, and recovering those costs from them, and we’re going to improve the way that that will be done.”

Under the legislation, which is unveiled today, illegal immigrants will be denied driving licences.

Banks will also be told to refuse to open accounts for foreigners who are not entitled to be in Britain.

The Coalition’s Immigration Bill will also require some foreign nationals to pay a £200 surcharge to use the NHS.

The legislation is the Government’s response to the rise of the UK Independence Party and growing public unease about immigration.

The Bill will give the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency powers to check the immigration status of people applying for a licence. In addition, immigrants who are found to have overstayed in Britain will have their licences revoked.

Bank staff will be legally required to check applicants’ details against databases held by anti-fraud organisations. The Home Office said that such databases hold government data on “tens of thousands of illegal migrants”.

Speaking on ITV1's Daybreak, she said the government is exploring ways to discourage an immigration influx from Romania and Bulgaria in 2014.

She suggested that they may be denied access to benefits.

She said: "One of the things that we’re looking at is some of the pull factors and separately from the bill some work is being done on the whole question of access to benefits, for example. The transitional controls do come off at the end of the year for Romanians and Bulgarians but we are, as I say, looking at a number of things that I think could make a difference."

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'Britain is overcrowded and we want Government to cut immigration,' says public majority

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MORE than two-thirds of Britons believe the UK population is too large and want the Government to do more to cut immigration, according to a poll published today.

 

Sixty-seven per cent of those questioned did not think the Tory drive to cut net migration – the difference between the numbers arriving and those leaving – to below 100,000 a year was sufficient.

While many believed immigrants had helped the UK in a range of ways, 27 per cent thought the large-scale immigration of the last decade had brought no positive benefit.

Forty per cent thought it had created a drain on the welfare state.

There was strong support for giving companies incentives – or forcing them – to favour Britons when hiring staff.

More than half, 52 per cent, of those questioned by Survation for Sky News said they would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to “significantly” reduce immigration. But the poll found greatest concern about immigration among people least likely to have experienced its effects.

 

Forecasters suggest the UK population will rise from 62 million in 2010 to 73 million by 2035, with about two-thirds of the increase likely to come from immigration.

A separate poll yesterday presented another challenge to David Cameron, this time on his EU policy.

More than half, 55 per cent, of people questioned on the issue by Survation want an in-out referendum on EU membership to be held before the 2015 general election, rather than after it, as the Prime Minister has promised.

Tory MP Adam Afriyie has been criticised by many of his colleagues for seeking a 2014 referendum.

His critics, including leading Eurosceptics, believe his bid to amend a Bill now going through Parliament, that will guarantee a referendum by the end of 2017 as Mr Cameron has pledged, could enable opponents eventually to wreck the legislation.

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EU immigration is undermining our once proud British nation

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THE European Union likes to cloak itself in the rhetoric of progress, but in reality it is a tyrannical force for destruction.

 

In its obsessive quest to create a federal superstate, Brussels has smashed our democracy, undermined our national identity and eroded our independence.

The full scale of the EU's malign influence on Britain is highlighted in a disturbing new report to be published this week. The study, compiled by the EU's own officials, shows that there are now more than 600,000 jobless immigrants from Europe living here, a bigger number than the entire population of Glasgow.

An army of freeloaders has to be supported and housed, imposing a savage burden on the taxpayer at a time of austerity. It is no wonder that our infrastructure is cracking under the strain, as reflected in overcrowded classrooms, chronic housing shortages and overstretched hospitals. In the NHS alone, the unemployed EU migrants are estimated to cost £1.5billion a year.

The influx of mass idleness from the Continent is testament to both the EU's determination to obliterate national borders and the obscene laxity of our welfare system. It is a bitter irony that, thanks to EU rules on free movement, we now have to bankroll a growing flood of migrants who seek to escape the economic crisis in the eurozone, when this crisis was directly created by the federalist dogma of Brussels itself.

The migrant pressure from Europe is one of the key factors driving through a social revolution unprecedented in history. Combined with mass immigration from Asia and Africa, the influx from the EU is transforming the fabric of our society, even though the British people never voted for it.

In several towns and cities, including the capital, white Britons are in the minority, while a quarter of babies born here have at least one foreign parent, the figure rising to two-thirds in London.

The pro-immigration lobby pretends that this revolution is wholly beneficial to Britain, supposedly boosting our economy and enriching our culture. But the EU's own figures expose the nonsense of those claims. The idea that all foreigners "come here to work", one of the favourite mantras of the cheerleaders for mass immigration, can now be seen as desperate and deceitful propaganda.

In fact, huge numbers arrive from Europe and the rest of the world simply to exploit our welfare system. Even those migrants who do work can access a large array of state support, including social housing, child benefits, schooling, and child tax credits.

 

The welfare state was never meant as an endowment for foreign freeloaders. When the modern social security system was first created its aim was to provide a safety net for genuinely vulnerable British citizens in return for contributions paid through national insurance. But the moral principle behind that social contract has been obliterated. Taxpayers are now dishing out a fortune to people who have no real connection to our country and have yet to contribute to our society. This is an affront to basic justice.

Why on earth do we have any responsibility to look after jobless Spaniards or Italians? The problem is made worse by the ramshackle nature of the benefits system, which is all too easy to abuse. Just as border controls have collapsed in recent years, so has the effective management of handouts.

Only last week a gang of five Czechs was convicted of a massive benefits scam in which an estimated £1million may have been stolen. At one stage these Eastern European fraudsters were raking in £33,000 per week through false claims.

The burden on the British taxpayer will grow even heavier at the start of next year when 28 million Bulgarians and Romanians gain full rights to settle here. According to a survey by the BBC, which tried to downplay its own findings, around 2.5 million of them are seriously considering a move here, putting a new strain on our creaking public services.

And just as worryingly for our immediate future, Brussels wants to make it even more simple for EU immigrants to claim benefits in Britain. The European Union's Commissioner for Employment, Hungarian economist Laszlo Andor, is planning legal action to force us to remove the last few restrictions on claims by EU citizens.

If he succeeds, as he probably will, it will be another hammer blow for our national integrity and public finances. But that is precisely the appeal of such a move for the Brussels elite, given its dedication to the demolition of national sovereignty.

Andor himself is typical of the breed. A socialist who studied economics at Karl Marx University in Budapest, he now receives £212,000 a year for his role as an interventionist EU bureaucrat.

It is outrageous that this unelected and unaccountable socialist ideologue from Hungary should dictate what welfare handouts Britain provides.

At the entrance to the visitors centre of the European Parliament is inscribed the following quotation: "National sovereignty is the root cause of most of the evils of our times. The only final remedy for this supreme and catastrophic evil is a federal union of the peoples."

The words are those of Lord Lothian, a diplomat and fanatical appeaser of Nazi Germany who, even on the eve of the Battle of Britain, was begging Churchill to reach a deal with Hitler. We fought the war to uphold our independence from Continental despotism. We can only regain it by freeing ourselves from the clutches of the Brussels federalists.

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"Get the mother fuck out of here," slurs a drunk and angry anti-immigrant Southerner to director and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas. Thirty..
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The Immigration Bill: hostility won’t tackle austerity | ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC

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Last week Teresa May announced Government policies to create a ‘hostile environment' for undocumented migrants with the launch of the Immigration Bill. If th

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Home Office defends immigration text message pilot following complaints

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The government has defended its decision to text 40,000 Londoners suspected of being illegal immigrants – prompting 140 complaints.

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Immigration bill will require identity checks for all, home secretary is warned

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Lawyers say plans for checks before access to housing and health would be 'intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive' Immigration bill means identity checks for all A British passport and European health insurance card. The home secretary has been warned her immigration bill will require identity checks for all A system of identity checks for all, including British citizens, would have to be introduced to enforce the government's moves to curb access for illegal migrants to privately rented housing and to tackle alleged health tourists, leading immigration lawyers have told the home secretary. The warnings came as Theresa May publishes her flagship immigration bill on Thursday, which will require immigration checks to be carried out before anyone can open a new bank account, be issued with a driving licence or access routine health treatment. The Home Office bill will include measures spanning six other Whitehall departments including justice, transport, business, health, local government, and work and pensions, and is designed in May's words to "create a really hostile environment for illegal migrants". "What we don't want is a situation where people think that they can come here and overstay because they're able to access everything they need," May has said. The Home Office confirmed the bill will: • Require private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants. • Require temporary migrants, such as overseas students, who have only a "time-limited" immigration status, to make a contribution to the NHS. A £200 levy has been mentioned as an option. • Require banks to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening a bank account. • Create new powers to check the immigration status of driving licence applicants and to revoke the licences of overstayers. • Introduce "deport first, appeal later" policy for thousands facing removal who face no "risk of serious irreversible harm" from being sent back, and reduce grounds for appeal from 17 to four. The bill will also restrict the ability of immigration detainees to apply repeatedly for bail if they have already been refused it and create stronger guidance for the courts on the use of human rights laws to prevent deportation, particulary the right to family life. There are also plans to make it easier for the Home Office to recover unpaid fines on companies who employ illegal migrants, and local authorities may face fines for letting social housing to tenants without a direct connection to a local area. However, leading lawyers, landlords, immigration welfare charities and housing organisations have warned that the bill will lead to a real risk of increased homelessness, including of families, and widespread discrimination. The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (Ilpa) has told May her plan for millions of private landlords to face "proportionate" fines of up to £3,000 if they fail to conduct checks on the immigration status of new tenants and other adults living in their properties, is unworkable. The lawyers say the combination of the new housing and health checks with existing checks carried out by employers and educational colleges, amounts to a system of identity checks for foreign nationals in Britain. "What this means in practice is a system of identity checks for all, since it is necessary for British citizens or people with permanent residence to prove that they are lawfully present in the UK if and when checked," says the immigration lawyers' official response to the Home Office consultation. "British citizens, European economic area nationals and third country nationals alike would be required to produce identity documents at many turns in a scheme that would be intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive and likely racist and unlawful to boot," says the Ilpa response. The lawyers say the scheme is discriminatory because landlords are likely simply to say they aren't satisfied with a tenant's identity documents and refuse them accommodation. They also point out that somebody's immigration status is not necessarily straightforward, with the proposals taking no account of those who do not yet have leave to remain in Britain but have an outstanding application that clearly meets the immigration rules. The Residential Landlords Association has told the home secretary that there are no fewer than a potential 404 types of European identity documents that landlords may need to know about to operate the scheme. They also warn that some landlords will simply refuse to house migrants for fear of falling foul of the new rules. Habib Rahman, of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, predicted that "these measures will divide society, creating a two-tier Britain, a return to the days of 'No dogs, no blacks, no Irish' and of ill people with no access to healthcare walking the streets of Britain. This bill is a travesty and must be stopped." But the immigration minister, Mark Harper, defended the bill saying it "will stop migrants using public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here."

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Red Len McCluskey vows to wreck Theresa May's Immigration Bill

Red Len McCluskey vows to wreck Theresa May's Immigration Bill | Cultural Challenges Faced by Migrants | Scoop.it

A UNION boss last night threatened to wreck the Government’s drive to tighten Britain’s border controls.

Unite leader Len McCluskey vowed to oppose Home Secretary Theresa May’s Immigration Bill “every step of the way”. He raised the prospect of Unite members refusing to carry out nationality checks on NHS patients and bank customers in a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The Bill is designed to stop illegal immigrants getting NHS care, bank accounts, driving licences and rented homes.

 

We do not spy on our friends and neighbours on behalf of the state

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Describing it as “an affront to the British way of life”, Mr McCluskey said: “We do not spy on our friends and neighbours on behalf of the state.”

Tory MP Chris Skidmore said: “Yet again Red Len McCluskey is hopelessly out of touch with the workers he claims to represent. Labour’s open door immigration policy from 1997-2010 saw real pressure brought on the jobs market and workers’ wages.”

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Immigration checks will exclude ethnic minorities from renting

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New bill that requires private landlords to vet tenants is an unworkable example of daft politicking , writes Ben Reeve-Lewis

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This shows how laws are representing the anti-immigration sentiment found prominently in Great Britain and how they are preventing the immigrants from many living factors that are provided to natural born citizens. 

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Migration Watch UK Attacked by Pro Immigration Group

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By Dr Phil Edwards-According to their web site, Migration Watch UK are an independent think tank, concerned “that successive UK governments have lost control over our borders during the past fifteen years, and this has resulted in immigration on a...

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HS: Tougher attitudes towards immigrants - YLE News

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Finns' attitudes towards immigrants seem to have become less positive in recent years, according to a Gallup poll published by the daily Helsingin Sanomat.
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This shows how as time has gone on, Europeans have increasing negative attitudes towards Guest Workers and other immigrants. The Finns believe that these people should try to be more like them.  

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