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No Amnesty for illegal immigrants, says Woolas

Woolas: “Government have ruled out an amnesty and this remains our position” 13th May 2009: The Government has ruled out granting amnesty to illegal immigrants in the UK. In a written response to Mr. Andrew MacKinlay, MP for Thurrock, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: “An amnesty would be unfair to those who are here legally; it would act as a pull factor for even more attempts at illegal immigration; and it would counter the achievements by the UK Border Agency to toughen up our border and immigration system.”

Mr. MacKinlay asked the Home Secretary what assessment she has made of recent representations made by the ‘Strangers into Citizens’ campaign in respect of migrant workers and others whose residency status in the UK is undetermined.

He also wanted to know what assessment the Home Secretary has made of recent representations to her Department by the church leaders in respect of migrant workers and others whose residency status in the UK is undetermined.

Mr. Woolas said: “Recent high-profile campaigns, such as ‘Strangers into Citizens’ (supported by the Mayor of London, the former Archbishop of Westminster and others), have brought the debate over a proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants and undocumented migrants into the public arena. However, the Government have ruled out an amnesty and this remains our position.”

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