Daniel Pryor slams yesterday’s tweets from The Home Office.
Followers of The Home Office’s Twitter account will yesterday have witnessed an incessant barrage of tweets detailing the arrests of those suspected of illegal immigration. Filed under the tactful ‘#immigrationoffenders’ hashtag, many of the tweets focused upon specific arrests: posting pictures of illegal immigration suspects (i.e. not yet convicted) and prompting a plethora of typically insightful responses from opponents of immigration, such as those shown below.
— Ricky (@Thee_Ricky_McD) August 1, 2013
@ukhomeoffice it:s about time they were rounded up and thrown out.
— melanie-hall (@melaniehall666) August 1, 2013
— DebsUKIPsupporter (@Doyle1962) August 1, 2013
This is merely the latest instalment in a saga of potent anti-immigration rhetoric to come out of Theresa May’s department, with fierce debate surrounding the now-infamous ‘go home’ billboards: recently (and rightly) dubbed ‘stupid and offensive’ by Business Secretary Vince Cable. I share the opinion of this website that The Home Office’s brash, public decrial of suspected illegal immigrants is not only grossly offensive, but also massively counter-productive. It is worth remembering that a previous Home Office report, referenced in Sam Bowman’s illuminating defence of immigration, stated the following:
‘…it is likely that the net fiscal contribution of an immigrant will be greater than that of a non-immigrant.’
Economics aside, this flurry of tweets should be condemned by those across the political spectrum who recognise the value of immigration to this country and appreciate a dignified approach to contentious issues by the British Government. Such venomous anti-immigration attitudes may be a cheap attempt to court what politicians deem to be public opinion; but those of all parties would do well to take heed of last month’s ‘Generation Boris’ piece in The Economist, which reminds the reader that the next generation of voters are becoming more open and accepting of immigration.
On a personal level, the increasingly hostile attitude taken by the Conservative Party towards immigration is worrying. Whilst I’m under no illusions that the Tories are going to introduce a libertarian ‘open-door’ policy in the foreseeable future, it would be morally wrong and, in the long run, politically damaging to propound such an flagrant anti-immigration platform. To attract young voters like myself, encourage economically beneficial immigration and preserve human dignity, David Cameron must attempt to curb the worst excesses of The Home Office.
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