Boris Johnson Revives Plans for Illegal Immigrant Amnesty
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is reviving his calls for an amnesty for illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for more than 10 years.
According to a report in the Independent newspaper Mr Johnson wants to give those illegal immigrants who have been in the UK, for at least a decade, legal status so they can start contributing tax from lawfully working.
It comes after the Office for Budget Responsibility said the reduced taxes from falling migration could cost the UK £16 billion by 2020.
Mr Johnson first raised the idea of the amnesty during the referendum campaign but at a recent government meeting repeated the idea, according to the Independent.
Mr Johnson told a Vote Leave rally in June: “I’m not only pro-immigration, I’m pro-immigrants,” according to the article.
He added: “And I am in favour of an amnesty of illegal immigrants who have been here for more than 12 years, unable to contribute to this economy, unable to pay taxes, unable to take proper part in society.
“I’ll tell you why. Because it is the humane thing to do, it is the economically rational thing to do.”
Citing a spokesperson for Johnson, the Telegraph said that Johnson: “feels he has a moral responsibility to raise it, as it is what he believes.”
Some politicians are in favour of the idea but the plan risks alienating those who voted for Britain to leave the EU on the basis that immigration rules would tighten.
The government said it had no plans to look at this proposal, according to the Telegraph.