Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014 on 3:30 pm

Leeds protesters to voice opposition to “hateful” Immigration Bill

Immigration Bill Opposition

Leeds No Borders believes everyone should have the right to freedom of movement

A protest is to take place outside Leeds Central Library this Saturday in opposition to the new Immigration Bill, which is currently being debated by the House of Lords.

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

Emily Jennings, a member of Leeds No Borders, told the Yorkshire Standard: “This hateful Immigration Bill is a follow-on from the stop checks and the ‘go home’ vans rolled out by the Home Office in London last summer.

“We believe that the new measures planned for housing, health, legal support are inappropriate in principle, lacking in proper evidence, costly and unworkable.”

Visitors and illegal immigrants are not currently entitled to free NHS treatment in the UK, but the Bill proposes that migrants who do not have indefinite leave to remain in the country, will also be charged for NHS services.

It 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 their tenants.

Commenting, Ms Jennings said: “It is unacceptable to force NHS staff, housing providers, lawyers and bank clerks to act as immigration officials and this will only exacerbate existing institutional racism.”

The protest will take place on 29 March from 11am to 12:30pm outside Leeds Central Library.

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