Mirroring what is happening in other European nations reeling from massive influxes of refugees from Syria, other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, Britain’s latest move is seen as an “anti-immigration” response to the migrant crisis.
One recent article in a European newspaper, said the Mayor of the port city of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, blamed Britain's “generous welfare system and lax identity controls” for making her city a “magnet for illegal migrants.”
"Anyone who thinks the UK is a soft touch should be in no doubt, if you are here illegally, we will take action to stop you from working, renting a flat, opening a bank account or driving a car," Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said. He added, "We will continue to crack down on abuse and build an immigration system that works in the best interests of the British people and those who play by the rules."
Britain plans to introduce legislation when parliament returns from summer break that would create an offence for illegal working that would carry up to six months of jail time and unlimited fines. In addition, any wages earned by illegal immigrants would be “open to seizure,” it said. Employers do not escape the heightened measures as the new law would make it easier to prosecute anyone who “knowingly hires workers without the proper permission to work in Britain, The new law would also increase jail time for an employer’s convicted under its provisions from the current two years up to a maximum of five.
“It’s about time our government started taking the matter of these illegal immigrants seriously, they are breaking the back of our country, have no appreciation for things British and tax all our systems including the courts and police, they need to stop coming, if we don’t stop this soon, we’ll lose our British culture and heritage,” said Ned Robertson, a retired dock worker who just recently participated in a rally to protest a lack of government response to what he sees as a “critical issue for the survival of his country.”