In the latest in a series of articles covering aspects of recently launched party manifesto, Anne Marie Waters, leader of “For Britain” discusses immigration.
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AMW: In her recent speech to the Tory conference, the Prime Minister mentioned immigration, but she didn’t say a great deal about it. She didn’t for example tell us she would reduce the in-coming numbers, or by how much. The Tories have not said they would reduce immigration. For Britain is saying just that.
She did promise that ‘free movement would end once and for all’ (the EU may have other ideas). If that happened, if EU free movement were to end, the UK government would have control over immigration. Now the question is, what will the government do with that control? Still allow mass migration? If the Tory record on this issue is anything to go by, then yes, mass migration will continue. It will continue under the Tories and under Labour. Only For Britain will bring it to a halt; only For Britain will stop mass immigration in its tracks.
As Home Secretary, Theresa May oversaw enormous levels of migration to the UK, and nothing has changed since she became Prime Minister. The current Home Secretary Sajid Javid used his first day at the Home Office to argue that illegal immigrants should not meet ‘hostility’. Boris Johnson, then Foreign Secretary, argued for an amnesty for illegal immigrants, thereby encouraging people from all around the world to break British law.
Given this, do you trust the Tories to reduce immigration, or event to control it?
It’s an understatement to say that I don’t like the EU, but even I acknowledge that it cannot be blamed for everything. Much of the vast immigration that has taken place since 1997 (started by Labour but unchanged under the Tories) was from outside the EU. In other words, this was immigration that could have been controlled, but wasn’t. According to Migration Watch, there is more immigration to the UK from outside the EU than from within it. Therefore, pretending that ending free movement in Europe will end the immigration crisis is folly, it is a lie, and the Tories know it.
So what is to be done? Firstly, we must provide a starting point. The starting point as far as For Britain is concerned is that mass immigration is stopped. We must state clearly that immigration to Britain must end temporarily so that we can gain a clearer picture of who is coming in to this country, and who is already here.
So let us look at the ways in which people can migrate to the UK.
The highest number of visas issued is to those coming to work – current rules say they must have a job offer. ‘These workers are essential’ is the usual response when people call for a reduction in immigration, but is it really essential to issue visas to foreign workers when there is large unemployment among natives? Whilst For Britain understands the need for foreign workers, and we will issue temporary work visas for that reason (including during the 5 year freeze), what cannot be accepted is the hiring of foreign workers at the expense of Britons. The NHS is the perfect example. While we consistently hear that the NHS couldn’t survive without foreign workers, 80,000 British students were unable to secure nurse training places in 2014, despite the health service hiring thousands of foreign nurses.
We are told also that young Britons don’t want to work, but how can this be true when so many are refused opportunities? It isn’t true; it is an excuse for cheaper labour at the expense of young Britons. It must end. The NHS must be obliged to offer training places of both doctors and nurses to British citizens first. If it cannot afford this training, then funding should be re-prioritised. For example, if the billions spent on ‘health tourism’ were instead spent on training young Britons, there would be little medium to long term need for foreign workers. Similarly, young British aspiring doctors struggle to find medical school places, even while there is a shortage of doctors; a shortage that is filled with temporary doctors from across the world. This presents enormous problems in terms of language and cultural differences between medical staff and patients. It can be a difficult and emotional time for people when they visit a doctor, and if a patient is unable to communicate fully with nurses or doctors, or feels they cannot, this is an important issue and one that is rarely addressed.
In 2016-2017, there were more than 400,000 foreign students in the UK. Most of these students make enormous contributions to our education system and economy and are welcome. However, there is evidence to suggest that illegal immigration by those pretending to be students is a specific and significant issue. In 2012, the National Audit Office reported that 50,000 people had entered Britain illegally the previous year by pretending to be students. This must stop. For Britain will prioritise bringing illegal immigration to an end, while continuing to welcome legitimate students from across the world who bring enormous assets to our country and economy.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
According to the Government’s online service, applications for indefinite leave to remain are open to family members of British citizens, family members of those who are settled in the UK, those with a visitor, study, or work visa, those of UK ancestry, those who have been settled in the UK previously, those who have lived in the UK legally for 10 year, among others.
For Britain proposes calling a halt to both indefinite leave to remain and the granting of British citizenship for a period of 5 years. This is both a radical and effective proposal that will transform migration to this country. Britain needs time to get a grip on the entirely chaotic immigration situation as it is today. It is difficult even to find reliable figures on migration, that in itself is a bad sign. We also propose a freeze on the numbers of workers and students coming from outside the UK, in order to incentivize the creation of greater opportunities for Britons.
Immigration via marriage and family must also be brought to a halt. Have you ever wondered how it is that there are so many immigrants who are unemployed? Family migration is part of the answer. According to Migration Watch, “as late as 2001, it was estimated that 60% of Pakistani and Bangladeshi marriages in Bradford were with a spouse from the country of origin”. Furthermore, a rule put in place to ensure that marriages with spouses from outside the UK were not being facilitated solely with the purpose of arranging admission to the UK (the Primary Purpose Rule), was revoked. Migration Watch states that “Since the abolition of the rule, the number of fiancé(e)s and spouses admitted to the UK has increased significantly”. For Britain will re-instate the Primary Purpose Rule.
It was reported in late 2018 that forced marriage of young British-born girls (primarily) is being used to facilitate migration to the UK. This must end also.
A further method of family migration to the UK is via the asylum system – therefore this must be radically transformed. The current rules state that families may join asylum seekers in the UK if they were separated at the time of seeking asylum. Families of migrants who have been given asylum or 5 years’ humanitarian protection but do not yet have British citizenship may also come here. This invites entire families to the UK, and given the rather loose definition of asylum seeker, this is an enormous concern.
For example, when the mass exodus from Syria towards Europe began, along with Syrians came people from all over Africa and the Middle East with no discernible grounds for asylum. Even the European Union admitted that only 1 in 5 “asylum seekers” were actually coming from war-torn Syria. Therefore, For Britain proposes radical reform of asylum. Only those who meet the strict definition of asylum seeker should be considered, and only when local government can afford to house such asylum seekers. Asylum will be temporary and family reunification will end. Immigration via marriage will also end for this period of 5 years. Marriages that are not recognised by UK laws, such as polygamous or child marriages, should not be considered valid in the UK. Cousin marriage should also be prohibited.
Following a period of 5 years, migration will re-open, but For Britain believes that the cultural compatibility of migrants must be considered.
If migration to Britain is necessary, it should only be available to those with similar cultural values. Europe, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other countries with similar cultural values should be prioritized. But even with this in place, individuals from within those societies will also be scrutinised, and those found to reject British culture or our majority way of life will be refused. Those already in Britain who demonstrate an active disdain for majority British culture will be removed.
In summary, For Britain will bring an end to mass immigration. We do not accept ‘net migration’ figures as an appropriate indicator of migration problems in our country. If, for example, 1 million Middle Eastern migrants were to enter Britain, and 1 millions Brits leave, that would equate to 0 ‘net migration’. It would also equate to a replacement of the British people in Britain. Therefore, ‘net migration’ targets will cease and our migration policy will aim to keep Britain British.
Despite the insistence of the left-wing press, there is nothing ‘hateful’ about any of this. Immigration affects all aspects of life, and we at For Britain have the courage to say that we must put our own people first, just as we expect other countries to do.
People have always migrated and always will, and in reasonable numbers, this can be hugely positive. Many immigrants make a wonderful contribution to Britain, and many minority or religious groups have integrated and settled in with ease.
Cultures can learn from each other, the world is a colourful and vibrant place, but For Britain wishes to maintain the culture and identity of Britain; one that has been shaped by centuries of struggle and one that has been defended by the brave men and women that went before us. We make these proposals out of love for Britons of the past and of the future. We make these proposals For Britain.