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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:
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:
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.
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.
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The Home Secretary has introduced a new Immigration Bill designed to restrict access to basic services for illegal immigrants.