By Wayne Lutton, May 22, 2015
On May 21, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his determination to crack down on illegal immigration and tighten the United Kingdom’s borders. Britain is a favored destination for migrants, attracted to its generous welfare state and the willingness of corrupt employers to hire illegals at the expense of Britain’s working class.
According to the Office for National Statistics, net migration [people moving in minus the number who departed] to Britain surged to approximately 318,000 in 2014, up from 209,000 in 2013. This was the highest number in a decade. There is no telling how many illegals currently reside in the U.K.
PM Cameron vowed to make the U.K. a “less attractive place to come and work … [we intend to] root out illegal immigrants and bolster deportations.” As in the United States, it is too easy to work illegally in the U.K. and too easy to employ illegal workers.
The series of measures include seizing the wages of illegal foreign workers. Said Cameron, “So we’ll make illegal working a criminal offense in its own right. That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime and businesses will be told when their workers’ visas expire so if you’re involved in illegal working—employer or employee—you’re breaking the law.” Local councils will be authorized to evict migrants from housing. Banks will be required check bank accounts against databases of people who could be in Britain illegally.
Cameron disclosed that his government will extend a policy of “deport first, appeal later” to all migrants thought to be in the country illegally. This should discourage the practice of allowing “advocates” to essentially nullify the deportation of illegals through legal delays.
Cameron added, “With this Immigration Bill and our wider actions, we will put an end to houses packed full of illegal workers; stop illegal migrants stalling deportation; and give British people the skills to do the jobs Britain needs. We are for working people. For them, we will control and reduce immigration.”
These are sensible proposals that should be enacted here in the U.S.
Source: Nicholas Winning, “U.K. Plans to Seize Wages From Illegal Workers,” Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2015, p. A9; Peter Dominiczak, “Illegal migrant workers will have wages seized, vows David Cameron,” London Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2015, on-line edition.