This generosity is an immoral drain on the public purse
THE British people are paying a brutal price for the ruling elite’s ideology of mass immigration.
By LEO MCKINSTRY
2 August, 2015
Thousands of illegal immigrants have entered Britain in the last few weeks.
We were promised that open borders and free movement would herald an exciting new era of prosperity. But instead they have imposed an intolerable burden on our country. Living standards have been kept down, public services overstretched, welfare bills sent soaring and public finances pushed into deficit.
And the cost has not just been an economic one. As the annual influx of immigrants reaches more than 600,000, so our national cohesion and identity start to crumble. Nothing better illustrates this disdain for the interests of ordinary Britons than the state’s lavish generosity towards foreigners claiming asylum.
Over the weekend it was revealed that hundreds of migrants, who have exploited the present chaos in Calais to smuggle their way into Britain, are now being put up in luxury hotels because the official asylum centres are full.
Their nice accommodation includes swimming pools, gyms and spas, while they enjoy three free meals a day. “The hotel is nice and comfortable – the food is good,” said one of these subsidised guests, Mohammad from Sudan, who is now residing at our expense in a well appointed Lancashire hotel.
Most of us would have to fork out substantial sums to stay in such places, but these freeloaders just utter the word “asylum” and they are whisked off to their own rooms. They have contributed absolutely nothing to our society.
Indeed, their sole connection with Britain has been to bring aggravation to Kent and disruption to the Channel Tunnel. Yet, in a complete inversion of morality, they are given hospitality far beyond anything that many decent, law-abiding, hard-working Britons could afford. It is no wonder that the very term “asylum”, which used to be a noble concept, has become so degraded in recent years.
The whole racket is an insult not only to other holidaymakers at these hotels but also to the British taxpayer who has to underwrite this injustice. Typically, the Government shows no recognition of the offensiveness of its approach.
Flailing around in the wake of the Calais crisis, Home Secretary Theresa May – in an article co-written with the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve – declared yesterday that immigrants wanting to reach Britain have the wrong idea, because they “think our streets are paved with gold.”
But with that remark Mrs May shows just how badly she has lost her grasp of political reality. For, as the asylum hotel scandal proves, immigrants are fully justified in thinking that Britain is a woefully soft touch. As well as free accommodation, asylum seekers are also given a weekly payout of £36, plus legal aid and access to health and education.
In fact one recent study showed that the total support for an asylum-seeking family of four amounts to about £35,000-a-year, far more than average earnings. The same spirit of institutionalized deceit and feebleness was illustrated in another official announcement yesterday about immigration, when the Government warned that in future failed asylum seekers may lose their benefits.
If that statement was meant to give an impression of decisiveness, it achieved the exact opposite. Why on earth should bogus refugees have any right to stay in this country at all, never mind hanging around to sponge off our welfare system?
A Government with any sense of resolution would deport them immediately. But then any Government with a genuine, patriotic sense of our national interests would never have allowed immigration to spiral out of control so badly. This paper has been warning for years about the disastrous consequences of destroying our border controls.
As a result, we have had to put up with a barrage of abuse from self-righteous politicians and campaigners, bleating about the risks of ‘bigotry’. But as recent events like Calais and the asylum scandal have demonstrated, we have been absolutely right.
Yet still the pro-immigration brigade refuse to learn any lessons. As public anger mounts, so they become ever more shrill in defence of their destructive doctrine. Yesterday the Save the Children Fund wailed that “we are in danger of shutting our hearts to the desperation of people pleading at our door.”
Well, how many more people does this organisation think we should let in? 500,000? 10 million? 50 million? After all, there are 420 million living in absolute destitution in Asia and 23.5 million sub-Saharan Africans with AIDS. All of them could make a claim to come to Britain on humanitarian grounds.
The fact is that we cannot take any more. Thanks to mass immigration, we are a grossly overcrowded island with a civic infrastructure that is buckling under the strain. Contrary to fashionable left-wing mythology, immigrants tend to be a heavy drain on our economy, since they are far more likely than British people to be unemployed, on low pay, in social housing or reliant on benefits.
It is the economics of the madhouse to pay people to settle here when we already have significant unemployment and colossal welfare costs. Mass immigration is, moreover, fuelling social breakdown in much of urban Britain, where solidarity is being replaced by segregation and unity by divisive identity politics.
Those who trumpet their belief in immigration are actually colluding in [and engineering] the destruction of our once great nation.
One Calais migrant squatter complained last week of the notorious Jungle camp: “It is not like Europe. It is like Africa.”
That could ultimately be what is in store for Britain if our rulers do not get a grip.
The biggest bigots are to be found at the top of Britain’s political Establishment. They hypocritically claim their hands are tied by the EU’s control of ‘member states” immigration policy, the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights, while all the time they are rubbing them in glee as they watch the hated English becoming a minority in our own country.
The solution is simple: repeal the Human Rights Act, 1998; renounce the European Convention on Human Rights; and leave the European Union. We shall then once more be free to defend our borders from foreign invasion, as we have successfully throughout our proud history as a nation. We shall also then be free to deport all the millions of illegal immigrants who are currently occupying our land.
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