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Strangers into Citizens Migrant Rally | Immigration Matters

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Charles Kelly for Immigration Matters meets MEP Candidate for London Gene Alcantara at the Strangers into Citizens Rally, Trafalgar Square, London, 4 May 2009. 

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.

However, 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.

As Gene Alcantara put it:

“There is a clear business case for legalizing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants already here which would in turn help the Government secure our borders.

“These people are here to stay so why not allow them to live their lives with dignity and contribute to society?”

The European Elections take place for the UK on 4 June 2009.

The Governemt is currently introducing legislation making it more difficult for legal migrants to become British citizens.

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, which is expected to become law this year, will deny thousands of legal workers the chance to settle in the UK. 

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6 Responses to “Strangers into Citizens Migrant Rally”
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  1. […] 4th May – Gene joined the Strangers into Citizens Rally in Trafalgar Square and talked to people from different communities including Filipinos, Chinese, […]

  2. […] Earlier this month thousands of people marched on Parliament in the Strangers into Citizens Migrant Rally. […]

  3. Interesting point about how much the media has stirred up public unrest and resentment against migrants here illegally.

  4. Give people their right to live on mother nature earth. Afterall it was your own arcthetic to creat boundraies on this universe and call it; The Great Britain, Americas, Ghana ect ect.(no FEAR,…. show your greatness and your commiment to improve mankind)
    The millinium development goal (MDG)is not all about that????

  5. i think the media has done a lot of damage to illegal immigrants who are working very hard in the UK and are not doing any criminal acts. I think the media are very biased. I think the majority of the people here in the UK are in fear of legalizing the illegal immigrants mainly because they think we are criminals. they also think that they would loose their jobs but the fact is, illegal immigrants are working on those jobs which residents here wouldn’t like to take. We, the illegal immigrants. have different work ethics compared to other people here in Europe or UK, that is a fact and we are proud of it. I also believe we are helping the economy even though we are not legal. Buying or spending for the three basic necessities, food shelter and clothing. All these spending helps the economy. Why should we be legalized? Because we want to work here without fear of being judged wrongly. Because we want to work without fear of being abused by employers. We work very hard and yet treated unfairly. I guess that’s the price we have to pay for being illegal. but we would want to sacrifice anything e.g. overworked and under payed, because at the end of the day we want to help our families back home,..for the future of our children and our loved ones.

  6. monika says :

    I believe it may sense to give us the right to stay here because we are already been here, as for me, not even the recession can move me either, am here just like the others, for the past 11 years and working and paying tax just like any other working class people never get into any trouble with anyone, so I can’t see the reason why we can settled here.

    I can understand that if the government wants us to become legal under certain conditions then fair enough, but if one is found to be in constant trouble with the law, then by all means we shouldn’t have the oppurtunity to stay. We as illegal immigrants has made a lot of contribution to the economy,(some I should say) and we all know that the goverment is aware of it, so in all fairness I think the government should reconsider his mind about sending us home because it totally waste of money which could be use for somthing else.And I know others will agree with me.

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