Illegal Stay

LONDON, July 12, 2006 (AFP) – The British government announced Wednesday it had ruled out the possibility of an anmesty for immigrants who are in the kingdom illegally, in a review of immigration procedures.

“In the end a system that denies full rights to all migrants in the UK is both socially unjust and is creating losers all round.

“It makes life difficult for business, workers and for any government.”

A poll published last week showed that more than seven out of 10 Britons would be opposed to an amnesty for illegal immigrants — and the majority believed immigration had changed Britain for the worse.

Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said the Home Office would bring forward new proposals for “fair but tough” enforcement of the rules within a fortnight.

Tough-talking new Home Secretary John Reid announced a “fundamental overhaul” of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) within weeks of taking over the post in May.

He declared the IND “not fit” to deal with the problems facing it and there was speculation that ministers were considering an amnesty to ease the burden of the hundreds of thousands-strong backlog of cases.

But Byrne announced Wednesday: “Havi