Immigration Act clamping down on illegal migrants

James Brokenshire has outlined how measures in the Immigration Act have helped expedite the removal of more than 2,000 foreign national offenders and how right to rent will tighten the net on those with no right to be here.

Speaking to the House of Commons at Home Office Questions, James, speaking in his role as Immigration Minister, outlined how the Immigration Act passed in the last Parliament was making it tougher for illegal migrants from accessing bank accounts, driving licences and rented accommodation.

Following a successful trial in the West Midlands the Government’s new Right to Rent policy is being rolled out across the UK from 2 February and will require landlords to assure themselves that their tenants have a right to be in the UK. Landlords have been able to start making the necessary checks from 4 January, 28 days in advance of tenancies due to be commencing at the beginning of February.

Speaking following the debate, James said:

“The Immigration Act has done a great deal to frustrate the efforts of those with no right to be here to remain in the UK and to protect those already here from foreign national offenders who may seek to do us harm.”

“The new Immigration Bill will go further and will help tackle illegal working, by doubling the maximum penalty for employing an illegal worker to £20,000 and making it easier to prosecute rogue employers that flout the rules. Combined these measures are part of the Government’s wider reforms to the immigration system to make it stronger, fairer and more effective.”