The UK Border Agency has issued an uncompromising response to a report by the Asylum Support Partnership on destitute asylum seekers, published this week.
Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
‘If someone has no right to be here they must return home. I do not believe the taxpayer should be funding those with no grounds to stay in the United Kingdom.
‘Our policies ensure that no person who has sought protection need be destitute whilst they have a valid reason to be here – everyone is entitled to apply for support at every stage of the process.
‘Our asylum process is fair and humane, with oversight by the independent courts, decisions made quicker than ever, and those in genuine need of protection offered refuge.’
Earlier this month thousands of people marched on Parliament in the Strangers into Citizens Migrant Rally.
According to research carried out by the leading think tank ‘ippr’, finding and deporting 700,000 undocumented immigrants would cost over £5 billion and take up to 20 years.
Strangers into Citizens argue that legalizing those same people and turning them into taxpayers and useful members of society will benefit the UK to the tune of over £4 billion.
The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, expected to become law later this year, will deny thousands of legal workers the chance to settle in the UK.
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