The British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has vowed to jettison plans to charge 3,000 pounds from foreigners belonging to certain "high risk" nations such as Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh before they are allowed to enter Britain.
Mr Clegg dismissed the ‘silly’ ad vans warning illegal immigrants in London to ‘go home’ and insisted they would not be rolled out across nationwide.
‘I am absolutely not interested in a bond which becomes an indiscriminate way of clobbering people who want to come to this country and in many respects bring great prosperity and benefits to this country. Of course not.
‘But on immigration let me be clear. Clearly to create a tolerant society people need to have confidence in the way in which the immigration system is run.‘That’s why I have been outspoken in my view, not just in this coalition government but before we were elected that we have introduce exit checks for instance.‘But we must at the same time say that an open economy such as ours open to the world has to be welcoming to those who want to come here.‘They are certainty not going to go ahead on the basis of an indiscriminate bond being applied to all visitors to this country.’
‘I think one way or another we need to give the public the confidence that if you give someone a visa and say you can be here for five years, two years, three years that is what it means.
‘Otherwise what’s the point of issuing those kind of visas?’
Culled from Obehiokoawo's blog