re: "Stick to the brief, Boris"
"The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has broken ranks with his own Conservative party by floating once again the idea of an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
He has announced that he will set up a study of the benefits of such an amnesty, on the basis that deporting those foreigners working illegally in Britain — thought to number some 400,000 people in London and 700,000 nationally — is ‘just not going to happen’.
An ‘earned’ amnesty for illegal immigrants who have lived in Britain for several years, he says, would allow them to earn citizenship and generate ‘hugely increased’ tax revenues."
This all sounds all too familiar.
"The first and most obvious objection is that it rewards, and thus incentivises, illegality.
If people abuse our laws to come here and are then granted citizenship, this makes a mockery of that citizenship — whose first requirement, after all, is to obey the law of the land.
The Mayor says that citizenship in these cases will be ‘earned’. Oh really? How so, precisely? Such people will have done no more to earn it than a squatter ‘earns’ the right to a house he has broken into simply by living there."
Again, I can name this tune in three notes.
"An amnesty would prompt untold further numbers to try their luck at settling illegally in Britain. Boris would become the toast of people-traffickers around the world.
Britain is already regarded as a soft touch, a place where the authorities too often choose to accept unlawful entry as a done deal, and where illegal immigrants know that once on British soil they will almost certainly be able to melt away into society.
As David Cameron says, a so-called ‘one-off’ amnesty also inevitably creates demand for more."
I don't say this often, but: David Cameron is right.
"Boris says there are obstacles to ‘mass deportations’ of illegal immigrants. The term ‘mass deportations’ is itself pretty loaded, since it sounds like ethnic cleansing. But these are people who have broken Britain’s laws to enter the country.
The idea that a nation which is thus abused cannot throw out its abusers is preposterous.
Yet that is precisely what lies behind the legal ‘human rights’ decisions which in so many cases have made deportation impossible.
Surely that monumental legal folly should be opposed on grounds of justice, national self-preservation and simple common sense."
Sadly, neither the grounds of justice, national self-preservation, and simple common sense are highly prized in many elite government circles.
"What’s needed now are unambiguous measures to stop up Britain’s porous borders, including reversing the disastrous refusal by politicians and the courts to enforce immigration law. An amnesty would merely take us yet further down our current ruinous path ."
Take a few minutes and read the entire article.