MP Green confirmed as immigration minister
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.”
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.”
David Cameron has confirmed his cabinet
Damian Green will be the immigration minister