The anti-immigration obsession does not seem to have left the minds of the new British government, with successive announcements of proposed laws to prevent migrants from reaching the country’s shores. Interior Minister Suila Braverman, in new proposals that are not without threat, has decided to punish the heads of companies who employ illegal immigrants with imprisonment and heavy fines. It will also prevent anyone arriving illegally from claiming citizenship or settling in the country.
Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, the new British Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, is seeking to take drastic and deterrent measures to combat illegal immigration into her country.
Among those steps, the possibility of imposing heavier penalties on business owners who employ illegal immigrants, including prison terms and heavy fines.
In an earlier statement, Braverman had expressed her “shock” at French allegations that migrants cross the Canal because they see Britain as a place with more opportunities, where it is easy for them to find work in black (without a permit or the need for legal papers). Several studies have shown that the UK has up to 1.2 million illegal immigrants.
According to the Home Secretary’s proposal, the heads of companies who deal with illegal immigrants could be imprisoned for up to five years, and pay unspecified fines under current laws.
The Minister will seek to tighten the application of the current legal regulations designed to combat immigration, after it was found that the number of fines issued recently (related to the employment of illegal immigrants) has decreased significantly, at a time when the number of immigrants arriving at record rates, as 33,000 arrivals have been recorded since beginning of the year.
Deportation to Rwanda still exists!
During this week’s Conservative Party conference, Braverman pledged to “redouble efforts” to crack down on rule-breaking employers and crack down on illegal work practices.
Several French sources, including the Minister of the Interior, have criticized in earlier times the softness of the British authorities towards the employment of legal immigrants in local markets, citing the reasons for the desire of immigrants to go to Britain to the ease of their access to work.
The stricter rules that the Home Secretary intends to enforce, along with new legislative plans, to be introduced later, would prevent anyone arriving in the UK illegally from claiming citizenship or settling in the country.
The proposals will also aim to remove obstacles to sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda, including taking measures to prevent the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg from interfering with immigration procedures in the UK.
Reducing Appeal Opportunities and Prosecuting Illegal Immigrants
Ms. Braverman’s pledges did not stop there, but went so far as to rewrite the Modern Slavery Act to limit the ability of immigrants and foreign criminals to make allegations of human trafficking by raising the level of evidence required and reducing access to the right to appeal.
The government is also reviewing the “exceptional” grounds that immigrants can use to prevent deportation, seeking to streamline the appeal process and making greater use of the powers under the Johnson Nationality and Borders Act, which was adopted under the Johnson government, to prosecute those who arrive illegally.
In 2005, the British Home Office estimated that there were between 310,000 and 570,000 illegal immigrants living in the country. There are no official estimates since then.
Pew Research Center estimated that there are currently as many as 1.3 million immigrants in Britain, at a time when the Greater London Authority estimated the number between 594,000 and 745,000.