Immigrants will have less avenues of appeal should their application to stay in the UK be unsuccessful under the new Immigration Bill announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May today. Speaking to the BBC Today programme, she said:
We are reducing the number of appeal rights that currently exist there are 17, we are taking that back down to four.
We see 70,000 appeals every year, and we want to see that reduced. If an administrative error is made then we have introduced ways to make these dealt with quicker, but in terms of the costly, court appeals, we are reducing the number of ways a person can appeal.
The UK borders agency was set up by the last government and we inherited a system that was in a mess.
This bill will mean that it will be easier for us to remove people who shouldn't be here.
Landlords will have the same backing from the Home Office as employers when asking potential tenants about their immigration status, Theresa May told Daybreak.
The home secretary dodged queries about whether landlords would be expected to act like immigration officers, and said the Immigration Bill was about "making it easier to ensure foreign criminals are easier to deport".
GPs would not be expected to quiz patients about their immigration status but Mrs May said the Home Office were "looking at a number of things in the health service".
The Home Secretary said the new Immigration BIll would make it easier for the NHS to charge patients for using the service.
Theresa May told BBC Breakfast:
– Theresa May
We will be asking for a surcharge, there will be a sort of levy on people who are going to be coming here, to be staying for a while, to contribute so people can feel it is fair...
One of the things the NHS has always been quite bad at is charging people who they should be charging, people who don't have the right to free access to the NHS and recovering those costs from them.
Former shadow public health minister Diane Abbott dubbed new immigration legislation "a nasty little bill" and warned it would demonise British people of colour.
Some plans were already covered by British law, such as preventing illegal immigrants from getting NHS care, she told Daybreak.
"If the Government wanted to help with that it could help hospitals collect the money," she added.
Immigration is the "number one issue" facing British people, a leading backbencher has said.
Peter Bone said immigration in his constituency was characterised by migrant workers from the European Union.
What it is to me is actually people coming in from the European Union, in my patch is what...the idea that they are black or something is ridiculous."
Peter Bone denied allegations the Immigration Bill would create disharmony and demonise British people of colour.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper has offered further detail on the new requirement to be introduced for temporary migrants such as overseas students, to make a contribution to the National Health Service.
– Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:
The Immigration Bill will stop migrants using public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here.
We will continue to welcome the brightest and best migrants who want to contribute to our economy and society and play by the rules. But the law must be on the side of people who respect it, not those who break it.
Illegal immigrants will be blocked from opening bank accounts in Britain as part of a tough overhaul of immigration laws.
Under the Government's centrepiece Immigration Bill, which is introduced today, banks will have to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening accounts.
Elsewhere, the bill will slash the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal, from the current 17 to just four - a move drawn up in response to the 12 years it took to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada.