U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government says it will move to abolish the country’s long-standing “sanctuary” policy, which allows immigrants in the country to seek asylum or seek deportation from the country if they are in danger of being deported.
May announced the change on Thursday, calling the policy “inappropriate” and “unfair.”
“I’m very concerned about the effect it has on our people and our economy, and on the safety of our citizens,” May said.
May’s plan will also see Britain’s deportation authority, the Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBPS), reassign the responsibility for the repatriation of people to the Immigration Service.
“It is a very difficult task,” she said.
“But the Government will take it on.”
A report released by the U,S.
Department of Homeland Security found that the UK has a backlog of more than 6,000 people awaiting deportation from its country of origin.
The UK’s deportation force has received more than 4,000 asylum applications since the beginning of the year.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that nearly 500,000 refugees are waiting for deportation in the UK, more than any other country in the world.
“I have seen people crying out, ‘Where is my son?'”
May said, calling it “heartbreaking.”
She said the new policy would “help us better prepare our people for their journeys home.”
In addition to its role in immigration, the government also says it supports sanctuary cities, which provide safe, legal and safe housing for undocumented immigrants.
“If you are in an area that is not a safe space, we are in support of you,” May told the Commons.
“We will not stop the United Kingdom from making sure that this is not the case.”
But May’s policy is not going over well with U.J. politicians.
U.UK Prime Minister Teresa May said the UK’s immigration agency will take on more of the deportation duties, including “assisting with the relocation of refugees and migrants.”
(CBC News) U.C. Berkeley political scientist and author Christopher Furlong called the announcement “unnecessary.”
“The U.L.G.C.’s responsibilities are to support and help local authorities in managing immigration and border protection.
They have no legal responsibility to detain people in the UU,” Furlongs said.
Furlings opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times says the move is a “misguided attempt to appease critics of the new U.U. policy.”
He said May should instead have chosen a different strategy for the future of the U-LG.
“Instead of making a public apology, she should have asked for an apology from the UHPD and asked for more resources for the migration agency.”
U.A.E. Prime Minster Paolo Gentiloni also called the move “a travesty.”
“It will be very difficult for our people to be protected in the city,” Gentilino told the Italian news agency ANSA.
“There will be problems and they will not be solved quickly.”
He also called on May to consider an amnesty for the migrants and refugees who have arrived in the United States and the EU.
May has faced criticism from other European governments and other human rights groups for her policies, which have led to the mass detention of people who have entered the U., as well as the deportations of thousands of people.