- Created: Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:40
- Written by Tom Vickers
The Immigration Bill became law on 14 May. It includes:
- the imposition of a racist regime of immigration monitoring at the point of access to health care, bank accounts, privately-rented housing and driving licences;
- a new system of charging for health care for ‘temporary’ migrants;
- removal of the right of appeal to many immigration decisions;
- powers to strip British citizenship from naturalised citizens whose behaviour is judged to be contrary to the ‘national interest’, a euphemism for the interests of the ruling class.
These measures are the latest stages in a process of using immigration controls to divide the working class into special categories of super-exploited labour. They are a particularly vicious and racist element of the wider attempt to make it increasingly difficult to survive without accepting whatever work is on offer, no matter how low the wages or how poor the conditions. Tom Vickers reports.