Hard-working families deserve a system which is fair to everyone
Since the election, the Government has been getting to grips with the chaotic immigration system we inherited, continuing with reforms to build a process which is fair to hard-working people and legal immigrants, while cracking down on those who are here illegally.
The new Immigration Bill will stop immigrants using public services where they are not entitled to, reduce the 'pull factors' which encourage people to come to the UK, and make it easier to remove people who should not be here.
We will continue to welcome the brightest and best immigrants who want to contribute to our economy and society and play by the rules. But the law must be on the side of people who respect it.
Many of the problems in our immigration system are caused by the sheer numbers of appeals made by those in the system.
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While the right to appeal is important, and can help to make sure that the correct decision is made, appealing at every minor stage of the process drags cases out and wastes public money.
This is why the bill will cut the number of decisions that can be appealed from 17 to four, as well as extending the number of non-suspensive appeals: where there is no risk of irreversible harm, we should deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeal later.
It will also restrict the ability of immigration detainees to apply repeatedly for bail if they have previously been refused it.
It is also important to ensure it is made more difficult to stay in this country illegally.
The bill creates a requirement for private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, to prevent those with no right to live in the UK from accessing private rented housing, and makes it easier for the Home Office to recover unpaid civil penalties from those who employ illegal workers.
Banks will be required to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening bank accounts; and driving licence applicants' immigration status will have to be checked before issuing a licence.
There is also a new requirement for temporary migrants such as overseas students, who have only a time-limited immigration status, to make a contribution to the National Health Service. All of this is common sense.
This is therefore an important piece of legislation on which I have been working for much of the summer.
It will build on the reforms of our immigration system which we have already implemented.
These reforms have begun working already. Immigration is down by almost a fifth since its peak in 2010 and net migration is down by a third.
Hard-working people expect and deserve an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate immigrants and tough on those who abuse the system. We are now going to get one.