David Cameron: We’re Building an Immigration System That Puts Britain First

David Cameron, Telegraph (London), July 28, 2014

This Government has a long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain–and controlling immigration is a vital part of it.

Under Labour, 2.5 million more people came to this country than left. As Lord Mandelson has admitted, they were practically sending out “search parties” for people to come here. There was a failed points system, which allowed so-called “highly skilled” workers to come for up to three years to look for work; often, they ended up stacking shelves. There was an increasingly generous, no-questions-asked welfare system which drew migrants to Britain for the wrong reasons. And unforgivably, while we had the highest rates of migration in our modern history, we also had well over five million people of working age on out-of-work benefits.

Over the past four years, we have been single-mindedly turning this around. Our goal is clear: an immigration system that puts Britain first. Achieving that means doing three things: clamping down on abuses of the system; making sure the right people are coming here for the right reasons; and ensuring the British people get a fair deal. Here I want to set out our progress on each–and the new action we are announcing today.

First, clamping down on abuses. Some of the most egregious examples were those new arrivals claiming to be students, enrolling at bogus colleges. In one of these colleges, inspectors found no students at all; the excuse was that they had all gone on a field trip to the British Library. We have taken radical action, shutting down more than 750 of these colleges. Today we are announcing a further step to make sure colleges do proper checks on students: if 10 per cent of those they recruit are refused visas, they will lose their licence.

Illegal immigration is another area that demanded harder action. Yes, that means effective controls at the border, but it also means taking action inside the country too. It was absurd that those who were here illegally could get a licence to drive a car, or rent a flat, or have a bank account. So since earlier this month, we have been revoking their driving licences–with 3,150 already withdrawn. From November, we will start introducing a system in which landlords have a legal obligation to check the immigration status of their tenants. From December, rules to prevent illegal immigrants from opening bank accounts will be introduced. And crucially, once illegal immigrants have been identified, we are making it much easier to deport them.

I can think of few things more infuriating than seeing people who have caused harm in our country and who launch appeal after appeal to stay, with the line that they have a “right to a family life”–never mind the families whose lives they have shattered. So we have taken every possible step to change this through the Immigration Act, with some important measures coming into force this week.

From now on, for example, we will have a policy of “deport first, appeal later”. This means that where there is no risk of serious harm, we will deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeal once they’re back in their home country.

We are also addressing the abuse of Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights–the right to a family life. Too many judges have treated this as an unqualified right. So we have written very clearly into the law that when weighing up these cases, judges must also consider the British public interest too. As far as this Government is concerned, the rights of law-abiding citizens come well above the rights of criminals.

The second big plank of our new approach is making sure the right people come for the right reasons. The success of this nation was built by millions of hands, many from overseas–doctors, teachers, inventors, academics, businesspeople–and succeeding in the decades to come means staying open to those who can really contribute. So we have been rolling out new visas for graduate entrepreneurs and the exceptionally talented, and establishing a much more robust system that accepts the right people with the skills we need. We have also set a cap on economic migration from outside the EU. Crucially, this has been done without deterring talent; the cap has been undersubscribed each month.

We’re also making sure people come for the right reasons–which has meant addressing the magnetic pull of Britain’s benefits system. We changed the rules so that no one can come to this country and expect to get out-of-work benefits immediately; they must wait at least three months. And we are announcing today that we are cutting the time people can claim these benefits for. It used to be that European arrivals could claim Jobseeker’s Allowance or child benefit for a maximum of six months before their benefits would be cut off, unless they had very clear job prospects. I can tell Telegraph readers today that we will be reducing that cut-off point to three months, saying very clearly: you cannot expect to come to Britain and get something for nothing.

Third, we are making changes to put the British people first. Many have been annoyed to see their taxes going to those who have never paid into the system here. Labour ignored this resentment; but we have been acting. For instance, on housing, you can no longer come here and expect to be given a home instantly. Statutory guidance now ensures that councils only add people to housing waiting lists when they have lived in the area for two years.

Over the past decade, there has also been concern about employers hunting out cheap labour from abroad, while too many young people are out of work. Some recruitment agencies have even been recruiting directly from elsewhere in the EU without British workers ever getting a chance to apply for the jobs. So we are banning overseas-only recruitment–legally requiring these agencies to advertise in English in the UK. And today we are announcing a further measure. In the past, all vacancies advertised via Jobcentre Plus were automatically put on an EU-wide job portal, too: this meant advertising more than a million vacancies across the EU. We are going to massively restrict this, aiming to cut back the number of vacancies posted on this portal by more than 500,000. Again, this is quite simply about putting British residents first.

Of course when talking about getting young British people into work, the problem isn’t a simplistic one of too many people coming here–it’s also about too many British people being untrained, and too many thinking they can get a better income on benefits. You can’t fix your immigration problem unless you fix your education, training and welfare problems, too. That’s what we’ve been engaged in for four years: radical school reform; record numbers of apprenticeships; and a complete rewiring of our welfare system so that it pays to work. This is a long-term challenge, but progress is being made: while most new jobs used to go to foreign workers, in the past year more than three quarters have gone to British workers.

Taken together, this is about building a different kind of Britain–a country that is not a soft touch, but a place to play your part, a nation where those who work hard can get on. Carefully and painstakingly, we are building an economy that has real opportunities for our young people; an education system that encourages them to do their best; a welfare system that encourages work; and an immigration system that puts Britain first.

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  • Andy

    “This means that where there is no risk of serious harm, we will deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeal once they’re back in their home country.”


    A big step, that.

    • JDInSanD

      Don’t forget to keep the families together.

    • rightrightright

      He won’t do a thing. It’s all empty words from him. There is an election next year, hence words, words, words.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Coincidentally, David Cameron’s “Conservative Party” was trounced in the May elections to the European Parliament by UKIP, the anti-immigration (five-year moratorium) United Kingdom Independence Party.

    SOURCE: “It was the immigration issue wot won it for Ukip,” Spectator, May 26, 2014. EXCERPT: “This is the first time that anyone other than Labour or the Conservatives has won a nationwide election in more than a century . . . Ukip has done this by putting immigration at the centre of its message.”

    • TruthBeTold

      Under Labour, 2.5 million more people came to this country than left. As
      Lord Mandelson has admitted, they were practically sending out “search
      parties” for people to come here. There was a failed points system,
      which allowed so-called “highly skilled” workers to come.

      It also sounds like Mr. Cameron has been reading American newspapers and discovered that flashing a neon-sign advertising ‘COME ON IN’ has a way of encouraging illegal immigration.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Something doesn’t smell right. Do you castrated Brits honestly believe what your royal tells you to believe?

    • David Ashton

      Say something new, Mr D Bore Cooper.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Which one is that? Not the one that got decapitated, is it?

        • Alexandra1973

          I think the one on the left is William IV, aka “Silly Billy.” If I remember my British history (what little I know of it), Queen Victoria succeeded him.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Yeah you’re right. He had a lot of bastards and abolished the cat-o-nine-tails as punishment in the Royal Navy, replacing it with buggery. Just kidding that last part.

          • David Ashton

            Rum not bum.

        • David Ashton

          William IV (not such a bad monarch). Charles I was assassinated in public. Cooper’s main contribution to this website is to sneer at the British people with silly comments like this one.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Yeah, not the worst actually, from what I read.

            DB can be kind of a negative Nellie sometimes. It’s those dark glasses I suspect. Maybe some PTSD from that plane jump and tree branch impaling years ago.

            What is “castrated” after all?

          • David Ashton

            To be equally boring but serious, the fact that white people are a small percentage of the world’s population, and that those of us who want to survive and prosper are an even smaller percentage, demands more not less understanding, solidarity, friendship and co-operation among ourselves. That is why we do not need defeatism and insults from the optically challenged.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Yeah. It’s all so deadly serious and rather grave, but…

            There is hope.

      • He is a bit of a one trick pony, eh?

        “Down with tha powah! You’re all dummies for voting! I am the holder of the secret truth!”

        I wonder if maybe he’s a 70’s flower child that never grew out of it or something.

        • D.B. Cooper

          I have to keep reminding you people that Cameron is a direct descendant of the royal family. But I don’t have to worry about you Brits for much longer, do I? How many years do you have left before the Crescent Moon rises over Buckingham Palace?

          • David Ashton

            You never “worry” about us. You just insult us. How many months do you have left before the Mexican Flag flies over the “White” House?

          • saxonsun

            Your reply is apropos but why even bother responding to this jerk?

          • David Ashton

            Good advice, now taken.

          • It’s funny, I called him out with a sarcastic fake quote of his style of antics, and he replies, to that very comment, in the same exact manner, like a dancing clown, apparently too dense to understand he’s being mocked.

            EXACTLY like a certain Mr. Engelman does.

            (Not saying they’re the same person, just equally idiotic)

  • Pro_Whitey

    Sounds good on its face. I’m waiting for the analyses that show us where he put the weasel words that give him an out. I still think they have to get rid of the muzzies one way or another.

    • frederickdixon

      There are always weasel words. Even now the documents issued to asylum seekers are stamped “no recourse to public funds” which sounds pretty clear, doesn’t it? Except that the accompanying guidance allows exceptions where the person is homeless, or has children, or is “vulnerable” or is up to a dozen other things and, of course, he always is.
      So it will be this time; note the “no risk of serious harm” qualification on the “deport first” idea. Does no risk mean none whatsoever? How serious is serious? Wait until the human rights lawyers and activist judges go to work on it.

      • David Ashton

        Exactly, but I am not alone in spotting this.

    • MBlanc46

      Or just ignore their own policy entirely.

  • WR_the_realist

    I hope the Brits keep David Cameron on a short leash. It’s hard to trust and Conservative politician on immigration.

    • David Ashton

      Thatcher talked about “swamping” but her mentor Willie Whitelaw said this was now a multiracial country whether the people like it OR NOT.

  • David Ashton

    The PR PM speaks, as he has spoken before. Half a loaf is better than none, but this cookie is likely to crumble before any effective implementation occurs.

  • Why do I get the feeling that election day is nigh and Cameron is worried about his right flank?

    • Ronald

      Cameron is talking like a Republican.

      • TruthBeTold

        Yes, he heard the grumbling of the masses and now he’s talking tough before he loses his job.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Ah yes, the Nick Sarkozy playbook.

  • JP Rushton

    Empty words. You just have to stave off revolt until it doesn’t matter anymore.

    The minority “citizens” will vote in a racial bloc, just like they do everywhere. All you need is 30-40% of the population become minority and then you can get the extra 10-20% from the hopelessly suicidal whites. Then you don’t have to pretend to appeal to whites anymore, since they will have lost their voice.

    • Emblematic

      It’s all so obvious when you spell it out like that. Beneath all the political hot air, in the end it all comes down to one thing, one project – the dis-possession of Whites.

  • Bossman

    The British are not really serious about being in the European Union. They seem to want a situation where they are in the Union but no other Europeans are welcome in their country.

  • Guest

    Cameron’s heart isn’t in it. He just eyes anxiously the next elections, being driven on the immigration issue by UKIP, which isn’t the real deal, either, but at least moderately credible.

  • So, Mr. Cameron, the natives got restless and you’re tossing a few crumbs their way to lull them back to sleep. IF you were serious, you’d be cutting immigration to zero for at least five years, and then only allow white immigrants. But we know you’re not serious. Time will tell whether your little scheme works, but if I were British, I’d be supporting real immigration reform, not your version.

    • Emblematic

      He doesn’t dare upset the Jewish money men or the Jewish-owned media.

      • David Ashton

        Except those who are more scared of Muslim terrorism than “white antisemitism”.

  • IstvanIN

    The success of this nation was built by millions of hands, many from overseas–doctors, teachers, inventors, academics, businesspeople–and succeeding in the decades to come means staying open to those who can really contribute. Baloney. It was the English who conquered and civilized much of the world, or tried to. It was the Scots, and the Scottish diaspora, who contributed disproportionately to so much of the modern world’s. The Welsh settled much of my part of the globe (Delaware valley). You don’t need anyone from off island, you need to reduce your population to an environmentally sustainable level and allow YOUR OWN people to have the opportunity to work and succeed at whatever level they may be capable of. Who knows what the British would be capable of, once again, if allowed the freedom of their own kingdom.

  • ckmariner

    They can talk all they want but Britain is too far gone with their non-White infestation. Britain isn’t British any more and never will be. (I’m writing this with tears welling up in my eyes)

    • Cameron Inness

      England is most likely doomed. if Scotland becomes independent it will be doomed. I’m not sure how Wales will turn out. I think Ireland will survive.

      • TruthBeTold

        Didn’t Dublin elect an African mayor?

        • Cameron Inness


          • TruthBeTold

            It seems to have happened in the recent past. I hope Ireland survives but they seem to infected by multiculturalism as anyone else:

            Ireland Gets Its First Black Mayor

            Thursday, June 28, 2007

            DUBLIN, Ireland — Ireland elected its first black mayor Thursday, the latest sign of how rapid immigration is changing this once all-white nation.

            Rotimi Adebari, a Nigerian who arrived in Ireland seven years ago as an asylum-seeker, was elected unopposed to lead the council of Portlaoise, a bustling commuter town west of Dublin.

            Ireland elects first black mayor

            Thursday, 28 June 2007

            A Nigerian man who arrived in Ireland as an asylum seeker seven years ago has become the country’s first black mayor.

            Rotimi Adebari has been elected as first citizen of Portlaoise in County Laois.

            The 43-year-old fled from Nigeria in 2000 because of religious persecution. After a few weeks, he and his family settled in the County Laois town.

          • Paleoconn

            That seems to be a town outside Dublin. Still, quite disturbing a development.

      • David Ashton

        Salmond wants immigrants to make Scotland a success! Step forward, Clan McPatel.

  • Emblematic

    But for pity’s sake why have immigration at all?

    After all that’s happened it still astonishes. The ongoing replacement of the native Whites just continues to be assumed

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Who is this ruling class that so hates their own people?

      Globalists and their big Jewish money.

  • MBlanc46

    “Deport first, appeal later”. That’s an immigration policy I could live with.

    • TruthBeTold

      Yes, but will the actions follow the words?

      If past is prologue, it will likely be a delay tactic until after the elections.

      • MBlanc46

        The policy I could live with. I have little confidence that such a policy would ever be implemented in the UK or the US.

      • Paleoconn

        Agreed, this sounds just like the Sarkozy election-year rhetoric.

  • rightrightright

    “The success of this nation was built by millions of hands, many from overseas–doctors, teachers, inventors, academics, businesspeople …”

    Cameron-speak for “you didn’t build that”.

  • I don’t even know what to think… this more or less a complete 180 degrees from Cameron’s stand on… well everything, is it not? Seems to me something scared the s*** out of him.

    I have to wonder what the chances of any of this actually happening might be. I mean there are so many good, commonsense just… obvious steps, some I hadn’t even thought of, like deport first, then appeal. I could care leas about the appeal, but saying it like so makes it an easier pill to swallow than “just deport the filth”.

    For. Britain’s sake, I really hope this isn’t just pretty words and election politicking, because this could really be a step towards putting the “Great” back in the name, and real, sweeping deportations, and enforcement of some “homeland first” policies will have some real, visible positive effects for the country as a whole, which can hopefully be observed and emulated by others.

    But then again, I’m more than a bit skeptical.

    • HE2

      Maybe, just maybe what is scaring him is casting eyes over at the tsunami of feral blacks swamping the Southern Italian coast.
      Anyone with a functioning brain cell knows many are headed for the U.K. Free stuff for everybody!

    • M.

      “Seems to me something scared the s*** out of him.”

      Yes, and it’s called “UKIP”.

      • David Ashton

        UKIP is the “Kerensky” stage. The “Lenin” stage has yet to come.

  • David Ashton

    She was a chimera made of two parts free-marketeer to one part patriot, the golden Finchley orb bigger than the steel Falklands scepter. When she is lauded as a strong politician of principle she is contrasted, however incorrectly, with the more obvious race traitors who brought her down at the end. In this her reputation has some resemblance to Churchill. The point is that they are wrongly celebrated but for the right “reasons”.

  • Whiteplight

    A number of Stormfront types seem to migrate over to Amren from time to time. I have had some real go-arounds with a few of them in the past year or so. I was even visiting occasionally with a former skin-head neo-nazi last year in person, trying to find a way to bridge the gap. But these guys are largely infused with a distortion of the history and meaning of WW2 and blame the Brits (it seems) for everything that they feel has happened to Germany (leftism, Marxism, etc.) on Britain. My appeal to him was similar to what you said in another post in this thread; that we are all white people and need to overcome the past and the attitudes and views that not only caused the white civil wars in Europe, but feed such division now.

    Also, that this ongoing “Jewish conspiracy against whites” myth has created it into a reality and all feeding it does is enlarge and perpetuate it. Rather than hating all or part of any race or ethnic group, LOVING your own race and all its collective ethnicity is the only way any one white group will survive long. The reason is as you stated; we are already a small minority in the world. The other reason is that focusing on what we hate (dislike) to obsession is very unhealthy for the individual in the short and long run. Some posters will be surprised at hearing that from me, but I’m a retired doctor and I the other side of me is actually a very happy person with a sense of humor that I exercise daily.

  • IstvanIN

    Where did I even suggest, let alone mention, Jews? And quite frankly I believe the English and Scots would have been very successful without Jewish help. Both groups are very accomplished.