Home Secretary Priti Patel has re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to controlled immigration.
The popular Home Secretary has shared her excitement for Britain’s long-awaited points-based immigration system in an article for the Sun.
“This simple, effective and flexible system will ensure employers can recruit the skilled workers they need, whilst also encouraging employers to train and invest in the UK’s workforce – particularly those who have been impacted by coronavirus,” she writes. “We are also opening routes for those who have an exceptional talent or show exceptional promise in the fields of engineering, science, tech or culture.”
Patel also attacked the UK’s existing “broken” immigration system, which she says can now be mended as the country enters its last month in the EU single market together with its free movement requirements. However, with a real Brexit looking increasingly possible, widespread concerns over mass legal immigration have given way to rising tension over illegal entry into the UK.
It’s an issue the Home Secretary has in her sights. “Taking back control of our borders is not just about introducing a new legal immigration system. It is about addressing Britain’s broken approach to tackling illegal migration and asylum claims – something I have continued to speak publicly about,” she explains.
“It is about simplifying a system that, for decades, has become complex and riddled with legal challenges.”
Legal challenges by social justice organisations skilled in getting appeal after appeal on weak grounds for illegal immigrants is a constant thorn in the Government’s side. On Saturday, a group of celebrities, including Thandie Newton and Naomi Campbell, penned a letter urging the Government to call off the deportation of Jamaican criminals. Without the statutes on their side, the celebrities – not legal experts – have dug up individual cases of grandchildren of Windrush victims as proof all 50 men should remain in Britain.
Patel is gearing up to tackle legislation that has been tightened, but very gradually, over the decades:
“I will also bring forward legislation to address many of the failures and anomalies in our broken immigration system, so that we can stand by those who need our help, while taking a firm approach against those who seek to abuse the system,” she writes.
With Downing Street sustaining wave upon wave of criticism and mockery over its tier system to tackle Covid – not helped by a steady backslide in the points-based immigration system (the salary threshold has dropped by almost £10,000) – the Tories have an opportunity to patch up support by cutting off avenues to legitimising illegal immigration, dealing a blow to isolated liberal obsessions with open immigration.
Patel would be wise to get the spanner out and keep tightening.