Dudley North MP backs Home Secretary's new immigration plans

Marco Longhi MP has come out in support of plans to overhaul the UK's asylum system, which will seek to break the business model of people smugglers.

The system to address Illegal immigrant, an issue which has been discussed for many generations and exploited by violent criminal gangs, is getting a radical overhaul. Home Secretary, Priti Patel, launched a firm but fair system yesterday which she says will tackle illegal immigration.

Under the proposals, whether people enter the UK legally or illegally will have an impact on how their asylum claim progresses, and on their status in the UK if that claim is successful.

Those coming through other safe countries will receive a new "temporary protection status" rather than an automatic right to settle and will also have limited family reunion rights and reduced access to benefits.

People coming to the UK through the government's official resettlement programme will get indefinite leave to remain once they arrive. Mr Longhi said:

"These criminal gangs are putting people’s lives at risk and I welcome the tougher sentences, because it is the exploitative gangs that are at fault not the people seeking assistance.  

“There is no excuse for someone seeking asylum to leave a safe country such as France, these new rules will encourage individuals to seek asylum in safe countries rather than use criminal gangs to get to the UK. We will protect legitimate routes for genuine applicants but make no mistake illegal applicants will be rejected.  

“I really welcome the Home Secretary's plans for dealing with this awful trade in human misery, a trade that benefits only the smugglers and puts lives in danger. I know this is one of the key things so many people voted for and I shall continue to fight for it until it’s sorted.”


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