Millions of landlords could be unwilling to rent property to immigrants if government proposals requiring them to carry out immigration checks are put into practice, an influential crossparty committee of MPs has warned.
The Commons home affairs committee says the measures – contained in the government’s new immigration bill – are designed to create a hostile environment for illegal migrants. But it warns that the proposals will discriminate against all immigrants, regardless of their status.
The group of MPs also says it would be “wholly wrong” to introduce health charges to access the NHS for those who are in Britain through no choice of their own, such as refugees and the victims of trafficking.
The committee’s chairman, Keith Vaz, said that the combination of the controversial immigration advertising vans, Capita’s texts to British citizens asking them to leave the country and the U-turn on visa bonds added up to a “chaotic summer for immigration policy”.
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