Immigration bill: Theresa May defends plans to create ‘hostile environment’

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“hostile environment” for illegal migrants to Britain, as immigration lawyers warned her that a system of identity checks for all, including British citizens, would have to be introduced to enforce the government’s moves to curb access to privately rented housing and to tackle alleged health tourists.

The warnings come as she publishes her flagship immigration bill on Thursday, which will require immigration checks to be carried out before anyone can open a new bank account, be issued with a driving licence or access routine health treatment.

immigrationSpeaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, May said: “Most people will say it can’t be fair for people who have no right to be here in the UK to continue to exist as everybody else does with bank accounts, with driving licences and with access to rented accommodation. We are going to be changing that because we don’t think that is fair.”

Read more at the Guardian

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