Boris Johnson commits to amnesty for undocumented migrants in UK
London, July 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Undocumented migrants in UK may have course to smile soon as the new British prime Minster looks set for follow up his long campaign for reprieve for those considered to be living in the country illegally
It may not be all gloom and doom as the new British prime minister, Boris Johnson settles down to the reality of his long coveted office, It appears the new PM is still very much open to the idea of amnesty for about half a million undocumented immigrants scattered around United Kingdom, UK
A pointer to this came during his first address to the parliament. Asked by Labour MP Rupa Huq, who said that when Johnson was mayor of London he proposed an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Johnson insisted he was still committed to the idea. He told her, “It is absolutely true that I have raised it several times when I was in government. I must say, it did not receive an overwhelming endorsement from the previous prime minister when I raised it in cabinet.
But I have to say I do think our arrangements – theoretically being committed to the expulsion of perhaps half a million people who don’t have the correct papers and who may have been living and working here for many, many years without being involved in any criminal activity at all – I think that legal position is anomalous.
And we saw the difficulties that that kind of problem occasioned in the Windrush fiasco. We know the difficulties that can be caused.
We should look at it. And the truth is the law already basically allows them an effective amnesty. That’s basically where things have settled down. But we should look at the the economic advantages and disadvantages of going ahead with the policy that [Huq] described and which I think she and I share.
And I do think – yes, I will answer [Huq] directly – I do think we need to look at our arrangements for people who have lived and worked here for a long time, unable to enter the economy, unable to participate properly or pay taxes without documents.
Huq said, now Johnson was in a position to do something about this, he could show whether or not he was a man of his word.
Boris Johnson drops target for getting annual net migration below 100,000
Aside the issue of amnesty for undocumented migrants in UK, the new government has abandoned the target of getting annual net migration below 100,000. This was set as a goal by David Cameron, and maintained by Theresa May, but their governments never came close to meeting it.
After Boris Johnson’s statement to MPs, the prime minister’s spokesman, when asked about the 100,000, target, said Johnson was not interested in a “numbers game”.
The spokesman said: His view is that we need to introduce an Australian points-based system that allows us to take back control of our borders
He is determined to deliver it, which is why he has commissioned Mac (the Migration Advisory Committee) to carry out the work to get that system.
He said in the campaign he wasn’t interested in a numbers game.