‘An amnesty is not the an­swer’

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missed by the shadow im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Damian Green.

He said: “I do not sup­port an amnesty. The prob­lem is that they store up trou­ble for the fu­ture be­cause once you have an amnesty, peo­ple come to ex­pect there will be more to come.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence of other coun­tries, like Spain and Italy, is that the long-term im­pact is for it to en­cour­age even more il­le­gal im­mi­grants.”

The fo­cus in­stead should be on es­tab­lish­ing a bor­der po­lice force to se­cure the UK’s en­try points and for greater em­pha­sis on crack­ing down on em­ploy­ers who took on il­le­gal im­mi­grants for work, he added.

“If you can find il­le­gal im­mi­grants through em­ploy­ers, it is much eas­ier and more ef­fi­cient to re­move them. The Gov­ern­ment is be­lat­edly try­ing that, but is not be­ing that ef­fec­tive.”

The Gov­ern­ment also con­demned the plan, with im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Phil Woolas say­ing: “What un­for­tu­nately would hap­pen is that peo­ple traf­fick­ers and oth­ers would see that as a pull fac­tor to get peo­ple to the UK il­le­gally.

“We would end up with a big­ger prob­lem not just for our so­ci­ety, but for the peo­ple them­selves in­volved.”

Ash­ford MP Damian Green

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