In a move that will anger many, Diane Abbott has pledged to make like easier for migrants suspected of entering the UK illegally.
Abbott said she would close two main detention centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were in Britain without permission.
The shadow home secretary also vowed to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a worker or tenant’s right to be in the country.
.@UkLabour in govt will Close down #YarlsWood and #BrookHouse detention centres and commit the millions saved to fund services that support the survivors of modern slavery, trafficking, and domestic violence.#EndHostileEnvironemnt #IPPRAbbott pic.twitter.com/eCDJ5V61kL
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) 16 May 2018
Miss Abbott said it was Jeremy Corbyn’s ambition to ‘reframe’ public debate on the issue. The Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.
Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already know – that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who wishes to come to our country can do so,’ said Andrew Bridgen MP.
‘Labour are running up the white flag on illegal immigration and declaring an amnesty for those here illegally.
Under Labour, there will be no such thing as an illegal immigrant because anyone who wants to come to our country will be made welcome.’
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Labour’s plans would demolish policies – under successive governments – that are vital for tackling illegal immigration. Completely the wrong approach.’