Sunday, August 26, 2018

Immigration and asylum

Nigel Farage’s return to politics amidst reports that his followers are planning to flood the Tory party in order to boost Boris Johnson’s bid for the leadership may simply be just another silly season diversion by our worthless national media. But there’s no doubt that the former UKIP leader intends to play a prominent role in a new Brexit movement called ‘Leave Means Leave’.
Workers have no say in the electoral procedures of the party that has been the chosen political instrument of bourgeois rule for the past 100 years or so. Whomever the Tories choose as their leader is a matter of total indifference to working people. Brexit is another matter.
It is clear that Farage and those behind him will play the racist card again in a new campaign designed to thwart the ‘soft’ Brexit that the May government seems to favour. It is equally clear that this is precisely the arena that the Remainers intend to fight them on, using the bogus claims on the ‘freedom of travel’ that is supposedly such a boon to workers trapped inside the European Union (EU).
The New Communist Party recognises the need for any sovereign state to set an immigration policy in accordance with its resources. But we firmly oppose any immigration policy that discriminates, either directly or indirectly, on the basis of race, creed, colour or gender.
It must never be more profitable for a boss to employ one worker rather than another on the basis of where they were born. EU rules that allow contractors to import labour from one country to another, to work under worse terms and conditions than those of the country where the work is done, will end when we leave the EU.
We call for the repeal of the Immigration and Asylum Acts of the 1990s that make it very difficult for many genuine asylum seekers to establish their claims. Asylum seekers must be treated humanely and their claims dealt with swiftly. Whilst this process takes place they must be given decent accommodation and welfare benefits to survive. No asylum seekers should be locked up unless there is good reason to believe they are criminals and no child asylum seeker should ever be locked up.

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