|Jackie Doyle-Price MP welcomes immigration bill|
Speaking in the House of Commons, Jackie Doyle-Price welcomed the immigration bill which obtained its second reading last week.
The bill intends to tackle illegal immigration and overstaying on the part of people who come in on visitor and student visas.
The bill will restrict the right of migrants with no legal right to be here to access NHS services, bank accounts, driving licences and housing. The Bill also toughens penalties against those who employ illegal immigrants.
Jackie said, " I welcome this bill. The public have come to believe that there is an open door immigration policy. We are determined to take action to secure our borders and ensure that we get immigration under control. This bill will ensure that those with no right to be here have no access to health services, no access to housing, will not be able to drive and will have no access to credit.
"Immigration is positive when it is within the law and within immigration rules, but I have seen too may cases where people find a way of getting here outside the law and abuse our hospitality. That breeds resentment against our law-abiding migrant communities and we owe it to them as much as anyone else to tackle illegal immigration."
Jackie Doyle-Price has now been appointed to the committee which will examine the legislation in detail.
Jackie said, "I am pleased to have been appointed to the committee to consider this bill in detail. Notwithstanding the claims of the Labour Party, there is nothing racist in this bill-indeed it enacts measures which most people would think should be in place already. Taken tougher these measures will substantially improve the ability of this Government to control immigration."