VISITORS TO THE UK FROM SELECT COUNTRIES TO DEPOSIT CASH BEFORE ENTERING THE UK – New plans by the Home Office will see visitors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and certain other countries having to pay a £3,000 bond before entering the United Kingdom from November 2013.
The idea is to reduce the number of foreign economic refugees from entering the UK and seeking the right to abode at the expense of the taxpayer while the Government attempts to deport them.
Legitimate visitors will be refunded the £3,000 bond upon leaving the UK.
The idea is nothing new and is in fact used by Australia to deter people from over-staying their visas. The scheme will also target foreigner workers and students in what is a growing problem for UK immigration officials.
Tory backbenchers have long been urging the Government to get tough on immigration and this could be a step in the right direction but some fear the fees are not high enough.
There are thousands of illegal immigrants working in the UK and the proposed bond could be quickly earned through their illegal employment and therefore might not be the deterrent the Government is seeking.
Human Rights groups have already said that the legalities of the proposal are unstable at best and that targeting a selective minority would be seen as discriminatory and therefore would be unable to be implemented.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has pointed out that the pilot scheme will being this November and will apply to people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana based on the awareness of the high level of abuse the UK visa system has from visitors of these countries.
Keith Vaz, Labour MP and ex-Foreign Office Minister pointed out that the Labour Government had tried to impose such an idea in 2008 with a £1,000 bond. However the idea was quickly shelved after coming under fire from the Migrant Rights group. Unfortunately Keith Vaz failed to point out that the Labour Government was the perpetrator of the Borders Act 2008 which basically took the hinges off the door of immigration.
Mr. Vaz pointed out that such a scheme is unworkable and even impractical and wouldn’t deter these foreign nationals from entering with the prospect of never leaving.
There are few times that I would agree with Keith Vaz but this is one of them. If the Government is serious about such a plan then the bond has to be of such a significant value that people would leave when required in order to get their money back.
Is this discriminatory? On the face of it yes but it is no good trying to ignore the fact that these people openly abuse the UK visa system and it just so happens they come from certain countries.
We need a change in attitude in the UK so that we can see through the thick fog of political correctness which fuels discrimination and see the problems for what they really are and regardless to where they come from take action.
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