Crackdown on 80,000 immigrant wives with free pass to Britain
A highly controversial crackdown on immigrants accused of abusing welfare handouts is to be unveiled by Home Secretary Alan Johnson this week.
He plans to ban wives brought here, mainly from India and Pakistan, from receiving child benefit and a wide range of other state aid unless they learn English, support British values and do voluntary work in the community.
The move could affect up to 80,000 immigrants who are allowed to settle permanently in Britain each year after marrying a UK citizen.
Many come from remote villages in the subcontinent, have little formal education and cannot speak a word of English. Under existing laws, they are automatically given indefinite leave to remain after just two years.
Crucially, that qualifies them to receive state benefits, even if they never become British citizens with UK passports or learn English.
Its the last paragraph that worries me, why was they ever allowed state benefits that are paid out of taxes by British citizens. They should never been allowed these benefits in the first place its totally wrong.
It is only right that those that want to live and be a citizen in any country should speak the national language. That their old culture should be adapted to the country they wish to live in and the laws and culture should not be changed to suit them. I am a British citizen and I can not expect any country I wish to be a national of. Here in the Philippines I would need to speak Tagalog and be able to sing the national anthem in Tagalog.
We can not afford to be any different in United Kingdom its time to stop the handouts to non nationals and to even think of changing our laws. Those that want to be British need to learn to be British and be able to melt in to our culture.
I am far from being a racialist and I accept the requirements here in the Philippines to be a national as being non racialist as well. The two year requirement in UK is much shorter than the eleven years required residency to become a Filipino national. Though it can be shorten to 6 years through the courts.
I wonder how long it takes to be a national in the countries these immigrant have been born in? What about being fair and balanced that the length of residency is matched to that of the immigrant country of origin as that's how long a British citizen would have to wait to be a national there.