‘WE MUST work to control immigration and put Britian first,’ Tory Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday, stepping up her war on refugees.
The economic benefits of high immigration to society ‘is close to zero,’ she claimed in her speech to the Tory Party conference. She continued: ‘So there is no case, in the national interest for immigration of the scale that we have experienced over the last decade.’, She boasted: ‘After my first two years as Home Secretary, net migration which had reached 320,000 in 2005 fell to 154,000.’
Adding: ‘Since then however, the numbers have doubled once more. One of the reasons is student visas. And let me be clear about students. We welcome students coming to study, but the fact is too many are not returning home as soon as their visa runs out. If they have a graduate job that is fine, but if not they must return home.
‘So I don’t care what university lobbyists say, the rules must be enforced, students yes, overstayers no! And the universities must make this happen.’ Using a twisted form of emotional blackmail she said: ‘My message to the immigration campaigners and human rights lawyers is this.
‘You can play your part in making this happen or you can try to frustrate it.
‘But if you chose to frustrate it you will have to live with the knowledge that you are depriving people in genuine need of the sanctuary our country can offer.’ ‘What I propose is a deal, the fewer people there are who wrongly claim asylum in Britain the more generous we can be in helping the most vulnerable people in worlds most dangerous campaigners.’
May went on to address the escalating refugee crisis. A record 420,000 refugees are fleeing war, persecution and poverty on rickety boats and dinghies across the Mediterranean sea to Europe this year. May said: ‘These problems have led some people to say we need a new approach, a new European approach, that would involve a common immigration and asylum policy.
‘To those people I have a very clear answer… Not in thousand years!’ Making her case for Fortress Britain May said: ‘To those that say the problem is too great for nation states to resolve themselves I say it can only be resolved by nation states taking responsibility themselves and protecting their own national borders. ‘We are not seeking to regain control of our borders with one hand only to give it away with the other.’
Earlier in her speech May attempted to justify the criminal assassination of British Nationals, killed in a missile strike carried out by RAF drones. She said: ‘Because of the clear threat that ISIL poses to Britain’s national security we must take action against ISIL not just in Iraq but in Syria to.
‘…To those who question the morality of RAF strikes against British nationals in Syria. …Even if they are British nationals we will make sure they have no place to hide.’
Even the Tory Institute of Directors (IOD) was shocked at May’s speech: ‘We are astonished by the irresponsible rhetoric and pandering to anti-immigration sentiment from the Home Secretary. The myth of the job-stealing-immigrant is nonsense. Immigrants do not steal jobs, they help fill vital skill shortages and, in doing so, create demand and more jobs. Political leaders should stop vilifying migrants and acknowledge the hugely important contribution they make to this country’s economy.’