Well, I do think there is a very good argument for improving immigration agencies and the like...although it has to be said that very determined people will always find a way through your defences. Walls can be climbed, fences can be broken, rivers can be crossed, and you will never have the necessary manpower to watch it all, 24/7.
Nevertheless, I think there is a very strong case for changing some policies when you know someone is within your borders illegally.
For example, I watched a programme o the TV just a few nights ago that said 73,000 people had been refused asylum in the UK (because they were not genuine), yet only about 4,000 have been sent home. Why? Because we have lost track of the others.
I could hardly believe it when I heard it. They do not detain these people...and I suppose the argument is 'Where would they keep them all while their applications are being processed?' Now they are just starting to get trained teams out, hunting these false asylum seekers down. That's a mammoth task - and I'm sure it could have been avoided if there had been more stringent controls in place.
On the other hand, some of these people just came to the UK with a 6-month visa, presumably on holiday or something, and never bothered going home.
And wardz, I'm sorry to say that you're wrong when you say these people are just relying on our state benefits...all of those people in the programme were working. They were doing the lowest-paid jobs around the country - and being employed by UK citizens who knew full-well these were illegal immigrants. In a way, it is an even worse scenario, because unemployed people from the UK who do
have to rely on benefits can't find jobs...because the immigrants are taking them instead, at a far lower rate of pay.
And the UK is pretty much under siege with even more asylum seekers
using the Channel Tunnel as an easy route to get here from the continent.
In light of the recent tragedy, it is hardly surprising that there are terrorists operating in this country, as well as the US and others.
I have no problem with people who are genuinely in fear of their lives because of their ethnic origins, religions or what-have-you, but I'm afraid I draw the line at people who are effectively stealing employment from people born in the UK just because they can't find work at home.
This whole situation could be turned around if the living conditions of many of these people in their own countries was drastically improved, through investment, policy changes, administration and governmental changes. In a way, many of us have an international responsibility if we have been part of the cause for collapsing economies abroad. Perhaps in light of recent events, and the forming of this global coalition, it can be used as a springboard for developing other more responsible policies on an international level to deal with the price of war abroad.