The ‘Windrush’ scandal has again brought illegal immigration in to the spotlight. It emerged recently that some people of the ‘Windrush generation’ have been wrongly deported, and others have been denied medical treatment, despite entering the country legally some decades ago. The Windrush generation refers to the children of those workers who arrived in the UK from the Caribbean in the 1940s and 1950s. They were invited to the country as workers, but their children could often provide no written evidence of their entry to the country later on, and due to sheer incompetence, were subjected to unacceptable treatment.
In one example, a 63 year old man who had lived in London for 44 years, had not committed a crime and had worked and paid taxes for three decades, was denied NHS treatment and eventually lost his home. He could not become a British citizen because he did not have the required paperwork. According to one report, 10,000s of innocent people who had migrated to the UK legally were subjected to real mistreatment. This is obviously wrong and any decent person would condemn it.
Needless to say, the pro-mass-migration lobby has exploited this scandal to try to silence all opposing voices. Jeremy Corbyn has done the inevitable and argued that a “hostile environment” towards illegal immigration, means that legal migrants will suffer as well. His solution no doubt would be to open the borders entirely, and denounce and side-line all who object. In other words, there would be no opposition to illegal immigration at all.
But of course this is political opportunism from Corbyn. What caused the Windrush scandal was not a “hostile environment” to illegal immigration, but government incompetence. Corbyn, in his insistence that we are silent on illegal immigration, is in fact encouraging more. So too is Boris Johnson, who has called for an amnesty for illegal immigrants. Such pronouncements not only reveal the lack of distinction between Labour and the Tories on immigration, but act as an instruction to the world that Britain is theirs for the taking, all they have to do is get here.
It is widely believed that there are 1 million plus illegal immigrants in the UK. It was recently reported that 27,000 of these have been arrested by police over the past 4 years. The question is, how are so many illegal immigrants entering Britain, while we simultaneously deport innocent people who arrived here legally? The answer contains two parts: a political attitude towards illegal immigration that encourages it to continue, and damaging government ‘targets’ that leave enforcement officers seeking out the easiest cases.
We must regain some stability – illegal immigration must stop. A clear message must be sent to the world – the law of the land has been restored in Britain, and those found to be here illegally will be deported. It’s not good enough to call this ‘toxic rhetoric’, the law must mean something, but current politicians are encouraging people to break it.
Government targets may look like a good idea on the surface, but in practice can lead to only the most ‘winnable’ cases being pursued. We see evidence of this in the police, who spend much time on online ‘hate speech’ but far less on burglary or assault (or gang-rape). The law should not be applied to achieve targets, but to achieve justice.
Our leaders of course have no wish for stability. They want us unstable on our feet – confused, they want us to feel powerless and ignored, and they want us to believe that this transformation of Britain in to a foreign land is somehow ‘moral’, or worse, inevitable. It is neither.
When a government ignores or dismisses the valid and widely-held concerns of its people, there is nothing ‘moral’ about it. There is nothing moral about changing towns and villages that people have called home for generations in to a place they don’t recognise or relate to. There is nothing moral about smearing and attacking people as ‘racist’ or ‘hateful’ if they are saddened by the loss of the society they knew. There is nothing moral either about extending an invite to the world to come to Britain, meaning many will risk their lives to make a perilous journey.
None of this signifies high morals, and nor is any of it inevitable.
The open border lobby (and in that I include the majority of MPs from all sides) will insist that the new globalized world can’t be stopped. We in the West must accept that the countries we were born in to are gone forever, we must celebrate it in fact. But this is a great lie. There is nothing inevitable about open borders or globalism. In most of our lifetimes, we remember sensible border control, we remember when there weren’t vast numbers of men from the Middle East and Africa roaming Europe’s streets. This was imposed upon us, and it happened overnight.
There are things we can do to stop this, and we must. The first step is to freeze immigration. This doesn’t mean a freeze on travel, but on those coming to live in the UK. We need time and space to take a breath. We must then focus our resources on defence of the country and its people; this must be our top spending priority. The Army, all police forces, and the UK border force must be manned to full capacity. All illegal entry routes must be sought out and closed as a matter of priority. Ports at Dover and elsewhere must be tightly secured. But above all, illegal immigrants must be deported. Violent criminals must also be deported and the human rights laws that enable all of this must be scrapped.
Britain must regain control now, but we can only do this if we change how we vote. The establishment parties have betrayed Britain in the most fundamental way, and they have done so by cowering down to unelected bodies and a biased media. To gain control, we must instead oppose these bodies and this biased media, and elect leaders who will not run away frightened, or put their own interests first.
If we remember why we are doing it, then it can be done. It can be done if we do it For Britain.
Anne Marie Waters
For Britain Movement