MP Green con­firmed as im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Paul Francis

Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor Con­ser­va­tives had main­tained their po­si­tion on in­tro­duc­ing a cap on im­mi­gra­tion and there would be no amnesty.

He also pointed to the two par­ties’ shared view that child de­ten­tion cen­tres, which have been widely crit­i­cised by wel­fare groups and chil­dren’s char- ities, needed to be scrapped. He said: “Im­mi­gra­tion is one of the ar­eas where we ex­plic­itly ne­go­ti­ated what will hap­pen. We will in­tro­duce a limit on non-EU mi­grants.

“That will be a pri­or­ity – set­ting a limit once we have con­sulted with busi­nesses and the pub­lic sec­tor. Bri­tain has al­ways ben­e­fited from im­mi­gra­tion but it has to be prop­erly con­trolled.

“It has been out of con­trol and that has given rise to the ten­sions we have seen.”

Crack­down

On the ques­tion of how to tackle the prob­lem of those who were in the coun­try il­le­gally, he said: “One of the key things that needs to hap­pen is to speed up the process from start to fin­ish.

“A lot of the prob­lems are caused by the sheer length of time some peo­ple have been in the sys­tem.”

He also pledged a crack­down on em­ploy­ers tak­ing on il­le­gal im­mi­grants, say­ing that was the best way of find­ing those who were liv­ing here with­out per­mis­sion.

Mr Green said the coali­tion govern­ment had got off to a good start: “It is ex­cit­ing for all of us. It is not just new for the pub­lic, it is new for politi­cians as well.”

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