From SNP Media
The SNP has hit back at Priti Patel over her comments that the British public voted for ramping up immigration raids – saying Scotland “absolutely did not vote for them” or the Tory government.
The comments follow the Home Secretary’s announcement to punish asylum seekers who arrive in the UK via irregular routes – as the overwhelming majority of people fleeing persecution do. Under the proposals, people who enter the UK via irregular routes seeking asylum won’t have the same entitlements as those who arrive through official channels, such as resettlement schemes. The UN has condemned these plans.
Priti Patel also outlined her plans to stop the use of ID cards in the UK this year – the same year in which the settled status scheme deadline ends – but failed to give further details on how this would be carried out. A large proportion of EU citizens use ID cards, which means they could face further challenges in proving their rights here in the UK.
The Home Secretary also said that the immigration system is broken, ignoring the fact that her own party has been in government for 11 years.
Commenting, the SNP’s Immigration spokesperson, Anne McLaughlin MP, said:
“These comments from the Home Secretary show, once again, just how out of touch the Tory government is with the people of Scotland.
“Scotland absolutely did not vote for these cruel immigration raids or any of the other toxic Tory migration policies. Nor did we vote for the Tory government or their hard Brexit that is making the UK more isolationist as the weeks go on.
“Indeed, the people of Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland have made it abundantly clear that they will not stand by and let the Home Office ramp up these inhumane raids. We have made it clear we want a humane migration and asylum system that works for Scotland based on fairness, dignity and respect – just like our social security system. Priti Patel’s speech today made clear that Scotland isn’t going to get that from Westminster.
“The only way Scotland will have a fair migration system that best suits our country’s needs, and helps us secure a strong, green recovery, is by becoming an independent country. That is why the SNP Scottish Government will hold a post-pandemic independence referendum – to allow the people of Scotland to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.
“But right now, it is vital that the Home Office sets out the details of their plans to end ID cards so no-one faces further issues in proving their rights in the UK. We have already seen instances whereby EU nationals have struggled to rent and do other vital things post-Brexit because of a lack of documentation – an issue caused solely by the Home Office.”