The Home Office plan on cracking down on illegal immigrants driving, as part of an immigration bill, which may result in jail and having their vehicle seized.
Most of the measures within the bill, are designed to create ‘a hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants in Britain and have already been strongly trailed by ministers since the general election.
The second reading of the bill is due to take place on the 13th of October. Its provisions include creating a new offence of illegal working, extending the scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, making it easier to evict undocumented individuals and requiring banks and building societies to regularly check the status of their account holders.
Home Office Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants
As for the motoring offences, driving while unlawfully in the UK will carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison and an unlimited fine in England and Wales.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Anyone arrested for the new offence could have their car impounded and, if convicted, forfeited. Immigration enforcement officers will have new powers to search individuals and properties and seize driving licences if they suspect someone to be here illegally.”
The published bill also includes electronically tagging those who refuse immigration bail and higher penalties for those who employ illegal immigrants.
The immigration minister, James Brokenshire, said: “The message is clear – if you are here illegally, you shouldn’t be entitled to receive the everyday benefits and services available to hard-working UK families and people who have come to this country legitimately to contribute.
“Whether it is working, renting a flat, having a bank account or driving a car, the new immigration bill will help us to take tougher action than ever before on those who flout the law.”
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