Published On: Sat, Mar 29th, 2014 on 10:19 pm

Leeds protestors voice opposition to the new Immigration Bill

Leeds Immigration Bill Protest

A peaceful protest has been held outside Leeds Central Library today in opposition to the Immigration Bill, which is currently being debated by the House of Lords.

Grassroots campaign group Leeds No Borders – which believes everyone should have the right to freedom of movement – opposed the Bill it blasts as “racist” and “hateful”.

Emily Jennings, a member of Leeds No Borders, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The Immigration Bill is going through the House of Lords.

“It is possible they’re going to vote on it either next week or the week after and we’re really concerned that this racist law is going to be pushed without people knowing what it entails.”

Protestors handed out information to the public, and according to Ms Jennings, support was “fantastic”.

She said: “We’ve only had positive feedback from people. Virtually everyone had no idea that this Bill was passed before so there was a bit of anger.

“We don’t feel like it represents Leeds at all.”

The group had various issues with proposals outlined in the Immigration Bill, including the proposal for migrants – who do not have indefinite leave to remain in the country – to be charged for NHS services.

The Bill also proposes to remove the right for those who have student or work visas to appeal a refusal or a revocation.

Landlords, banks, NHS staff and the DVLA will have to check the immigration status of their patients, tenants and other service users.

Private landlords may also face a fine of up to £3,000 if they fail to verify the immigration status of tenants.

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  1. Eireen says:

    If they have time to lose .

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