May 16 2011
ILLEGAL ALIEN IMMIGRANTS (most of whom are Muslims) get squatters rights, allowing them to remain in the UK and suck the government welfare teat if they have been there illegally for 14 years.
UK Daily Mail – (H/T bains) -Thousands of immigrants have been granted ‘squatters’ rights’ to stay in the UK – after living here illegally for 14 years. Under a little known rule up to 2,000 immigrants have been allowed to remain indefinitely every year – simply because they have been here for so long.
A law passed by Labour in 2003 gives them the right to claim residence if they have successfully evaded the immigration authorities for 14 years. Anyone whose application is approved gets the right to stay indefinitely, working rights and full access to benefits.
Many will be failed asylum seekers who have never been deported. Others will be illegal workers employed in the black economy for more than a decade, paying no tax or national insurance. Critics branded the law a ‘slow motion amnesty’. Worryingly, the numbers taking advantage of the rule have increased by 120 per cent since its first full year.
And there are fears the total could spiral in coming years as thousands of illegal migrants who arrived in the past decade apply. The figures will raise concerns that criminal behaviour – including people who have sneaked into the country or abused the system – is being rewarded.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK said: ‘The concession for illegal immigrants should be reviewed. ‘There is no reason why illegal residence in Britain, however long, should qualify someone to the full benefits of the Welfare State.’
In 2003 the law was changed to allow anyone living here illegally for 14 years or more to apply for indefinite leave to remain. Since then a total of 8,948 illegal migrants have taken advantage of the failures of the immigration system to remove them.
In opposition, the Tories branded the rule ‘disturbing’, and criticised it for ‘rewarding illegal behaviour’.
Last night a spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: ‘This Government has pledged to break the link between temporary migration and permanent settlement. Settling in Britain should be a privilege, not an automatic right.