Diane Abbott: Government Immigration Policy is “Campaign to Demonise Immigration and Immigrants”
Writing for politics home, Diane Abbott has accused the government of purposefully “demonising” migrants and of “vilifying whole communities”. Her article, which discusses many aspects of home policy.
The MP for Hackney said that “literally hundreds” (which means about 4) of MPs will know that the visa application process is “highly arbitrary” and implied that the government should take more time deporting people such as criminals.
“Departments have their priorities set by the government of the day. It has been the priority of this government and its predecessor to reduce immigration, within the unworkable and reactionary goal of limiting net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’. This has been the main priority of this government, even while cutting Border Force personnel, along with the numbers of police and firefighters.
“This impossible objective should not really be regarded as a policy, more a permanent campaign to demonise immigration and immigrants. This is the purpose of artificially inflating the numbers of overstaying international students. It is supplemented by a Prevent programme which vilifies a whole community.”
The Labour Shadow Home Secretary – who was also the first female black MP to enter the House of Commons – has a long history of making unpopular and even racist comments. She has said that we need more disabled refugees, that Labour should adopt all-black MP shortlists, and was even caught on her phone in parliament recently!