The Government’s announcements in today’s immigration bill have been lambasted by UKIP as ineffective and badly targeted.
Paul Oakley UKIP MEP Candidate in London and barrister, has called the Government’s focus like “trying to put toothpaste back in the tube”
“Pressganging landlords, doctors and private citizens under the threat of sanctions to carry out the work of border agencies is simply wrong. The problem of immigration needs to be prevented, rather than what the government are doing which is treating the symptoms not the cause.
“I do not want my children to grow up in a country where the demand of ‘papers please’ is normal. UKIP proposes that anybody wishing to enter the UK as a migrant worker, a tourist, or for the first five years of settlement, would need to have health insurance cover as a condition of getting a visa. We would roll this out to all non-EU overseas visitors until the point that the UK left the EU when the practice would be extended to all non-UK citizens arriving in the country. Not only would this ensure that everyone in the UK would have direct access to all medical services but would also shift the burden from doctors having to play the role of immigration officer. It would effectively and fairly prevent medical tourism and the exploitation of the NHS without creating extra pressures on the health service or pave the way for public health issues by excluding people from essential medical care.
“There are aspects of the proposals that will be effective, where migrants are dealing with the authorities directly such as driving licenses, but by and large this legislation is about creating a more fearful, controlled and less free society.
“The government’s immigration bill is that is strong on rhetoric but a weak imitation of UKIP policy. It will not sort out the problems with our borders or mass, uncontrolled immigration. This bill does nothing to limit the next wave of migration to the UK from Bulgaria and Romania when migration controls are lifted on 1st January 2014. Only outside the EU can we effectively control our borders. What we have from the Coalition is gimmicks and gestures that won’t fix the problems we face.”