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Andrew Mitchell MP welcomes new steps to control immigration

Andrew Mitchell MP has welcomed the action the Government is taking to ensure that the UK’s immigration system favours people who work hard and ensures that everyone who comes to the UK pays their way and gives something back.

Last week the Prime Minister set out plans for a cross-Government immigration system. The Government plans to do this by:

  • stopping our benefits system from being such a “soft touch”;
  • making entitlement to our key public services something migrants earn – not an automatic right; and
  • bringing the full force of Government together to crack-down on illegal working.

Andrew Mitchell MP, said “Many people in Sutton Coldfield are concerned about this issue and I hope my constituents have been reassured by the steps Conservatives in Government have taken to reform our immigration system to make it much more robust and selective.”

“These are common sense reforms and I am confident that they will make a difference for people in Sutton Coldfield.”

The Prime Minister’s speech was followed by an announcement by the Home Secretary that the UK Border Agency will be split into two entities – an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation.

Following this announcement, Andrew Mitchell MP, said “I regularly see problems with the UK Border Agency when making representations on behalf of constituents. Although it will take many years to clear the backlogs and fix the system the changes announced by the Home Secretary will put us in a much stronger position to do so.”

Reforms made by the Government have seen net immigration fall by a third since the last General Election.

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