AT LAST! Priti Patel to overhaul Tony Blair's 'soft' UK asylum laws

AT LAST! Priti Patel to overhaul Tony Blair's 'soft' UK asylum laws

The changes are expected to tabled in the Foreign National Offenders Bill which will unpick the “over generous” rules set in 1999 by Tony Blair’s Immigration and Asylum Act. The Sunday Express understands that the plans were put in motion following a meeting between the Home Secretary and the influential new Common Sense group of more than 40 parliamentarians set up by former security minister Sir John Hayes to tackle the problems of holes in the immigration system. According to a source close to Ms Patel she is “fed up with lefty activist lawyers” using public money to bring “relentless” challenges to attempts to deport foreign nationals, usually criminals, who have no right to be in the country. The source noted: “The Home Secretary is clear that she does not want murderers, drug pushers or grooming gang members who have no right to be here to remain in this country.” The source added: “The problem is that one excuse to remain gets turfed out by the courts and then they just come back with another one. It’s relentless. “She wants to put an end to the stream of vexatious claims and make it easier and quicker to deport people who have no right to be here.” Around 14,000 asylum claims a year are rejected by the courts but only a third of these claimants are then deported, the rest stay. The problem came to a head in February when a last minute court ruling prevented the deportation of 25 out of 50 ...
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