‘An amnesty is not the answer’
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