Let them stay, British foreign secretary says about illegal immigrants

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a decade or more should now be allowed to stay.

Mr Johnson says there should be an amnesty on illegal immigrants, with those who have been in Britain for more than 10 years allowed to remain. He believes that rather than illegal immigrants feeling they have to hide on the corners of society, they could be given legal status to allow them to work legally and contribute to the British tax system.

Further borrowing

His comments were made following forecasts that the UK will have to borrow another £122 billion over the next five years as a result of weaker tax revenues as Britain heads for a divorce from Europe.

It is not the first time that he has made the suggestion. During the referendum campaign, in which he fought for a Brexit, he said that an amnesty would be of benefit to the economy.

Now, he has re-stated his claims during a Cabinet committee chaired by the Prime Minister Theresa May. Mr Johnson is understood to have said that he felt a responsibility to raise the idea again having already said that he was pro-immigration and pro-immigrants because of the economic benefits they could bring.

He added: “I am in favour of an amnesty of illegal immigrants who have been here for more than 12 years, unable to contribute to this economy, unable to pay taxes, unable to take proper part in society.”

Not only was it the humane thing to do, said Mr Johnson, but also made economic sense. It is understood that the Home Secretary Amber Rudd is now considering the plan. However, she is said to be worried about angering people who voted to leave Europe in order to gain tighter rules on immigration.