David Cameron will today pledge to make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right as he unveils plans to clamp down on immigration.
The measures will allow the police to seize the wages of people who are not entitled to work in the UK as proceeds of crime.
The Immigration Bill will be in the Conservative Government’s first Queen’s Speech.
Mr Cameron will say:
“The truth is it has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here. So we’ll take a radical step – we’ll make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right. “That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime and businesses will be told when their workers’ visas expire, so if you’re involved in illegal working – employer or employee – you’re breaking the law.”The prime minister also plans to curtail access to public services for illegal workers and take action against employers who “don’t play by the rules”.
Sp people who have been exploited by greedy em[employers in often terrible conditions, are going to have the measly wages taken away from them..
This looks like the government introducing a form of slavery where some poor people are punished for working illegally are branded criminals.
The message sent out to these Illegal Immigrants, will surely be if you you are going to be treated as a criminal for doing ordinary work you might as well become a full fledged criminals.
Illegal Immigrants who now work in the modern version of sweat shops ( though whose to argue they do not exist today?), may have no right to work here and I'm nor condoning it but the emphasis should be on employers including the sort of well off Tory supporters employing cleaners and nannies on cash only payments .
Trying to out Ukip Ukip is not the answer . and stigmatising illegal immigrants by seizing the measly wages they have been given for working in conditions unacceptable to the rest of us is not the answer