In a recent interview with The House Magazine, Home Secretary Theresa May has ruled out an amnesty for illegal immigrants, arguing this would give people “the wrong message”. Theresa May’s comments are in spite of London Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting the change could boost the UK economy. Theresa May also commented on her role as the UK Home Secretary and her support of the Home Office’s recent controversial campaign which has been labelled ‘racist’ and ‘discriminatory’.
UK Illegal Immigration Policy: A Show of Action?
Theresa May’s main duty aside from combatting crime is to control immigration in the UK, a key tory pledge. Although figures have not been released, it has been suggested that the aim of reducing net migration by ‘tens of thousands’ in time for the 2015 elections is on track.
Theresa May believes that the highly criticised Home Office’s ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’ campaign was required as it raised awareness of the issue with the general public and assured them that the Government recognised there was a problem and they were dealing with illegal immigration. However, despite the Home Secretary’s comments, this campaign sparked backlash from critics and Britain’s equality watchdog noted their intention of investigating the UK Government for possible unlawful discrimination.
Amnesty on Illegal Immigration Does Not Appeal to Theresa May
Some members of the Conservative party namely Boris Johnson and Nadhi Zahawi suggested there should be an amnesty for illegal migrants in the UK. Speaking to the magazine, Theresa May explained that she did not agree with this and it could cause tension amongst ethnic minorities in the community who she believes “feel very clearly that illegal immigration is wrong.” She stated:
“The problem is…what people want to know is you’re running a system where people who are going to contribute to the UK are able to come here. But those who aren’t, those who abuse the system, those who try to come here illegally are being dealt with by the Government.”
Theresa May believes that if there was an amnesty, it would send out the message that “at some stage that’s going to be OK.”
Legal Advice for Illegal Migrants in the UK
Illegal migrants with strong Human Rights arguments ought to take legal advice and regularise their stay in the UK as soon as possible and before it is too late.
Contact us to discuss your immigration situation and we will assess your case and provide you with options of regularising your stay.