To: Members of the House of Lords

Reject Government-inspired Xenophobia

I call upon members of the House of Lords to amend the Immigration Bill:
• to restore existing legal appeal rights, and
• to prevent landlords and GPs being forced to act as ‘border guards’ and check the immigration status of all tenants, patients and other service users.

Why is this important?

Under the proposed Immigration Bill migrants will lose most of their appeal rights. We ask where this removal of vital legal rights will end – it could soon affect all of us.

Also, everyone from doctors to landlords will have to check the immigration status of their patients, tenants and other service users. But these people are not professional border guards, nor are they familiar with the ins-and-outs of immigration law.
We call on the Government to leave border control where it belongs - at the border, with the professionals.

Why is this important?
The aim of the Coalition Government’s Immigration Bill is to create ‘a really hostile environment for illegal migrants’ (Theresa May). In reality, this hostile environment will affect all of us. No wonder this bill has been described by a Bishop as ‘pernicious’.
This bill will create a nasty regime of snooping and surveillance that will affect us all;

• Forcing landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants is such a complex task that landlords may well discriminate against anyone who might possibly be an immigrant – a threat to many UK citizens. The UN fears it will create ‘a climate of ethnic profiling’.
• It will force the banks and DVLA to make similar checks, with the same result.
• NHS staff will spend their time checking your immigration status instead of helping you. Also, If you are a migrant, you will have to pay a special health surcharge as well as VAT and other taxes.

The Bill will undermine traditional British tolerance. It will sow suspicion and mistrust between people. For more information visit the Movement Against Xenophobia http://movagxen.wordpress.com/max-statement/
So far the Bill has had an easy run through the House of Commons, so we must look to the House of Lords to stop this nonsense.

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Reasons for signing

  • because this is a backward looking policy which has not been examined thoroughly as to how it will work practically and more importantly it is wrong morally
  • I'm landlord and by this flawed and incompetent law I'm forced to reduce my prospective customers base. Sorry my dear time-limited legal migrants - I'd love to serve you too but my business no longer can afford it. Neither with the unfortunate cost of risking my wealth nor with additional hassles of conducting periodic checks. Only permanent residents from now on, please.
  • Appeal rights should be restored...

Updates

2014-02-16 20:02:47 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-02-08 16:38:03 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-02-05 20:28:47 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-02-05 16:05:28 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-02-05 15:16:26 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-02-05 12:43:13 +0000

10 signatures reached