The Shadow Home Secretary said the Government’s offer to let those directly affected by the fire stay in the UK for 12 months regardless of their immigration status did not go far enough, leaving survivors and their relatives “frightened” of seeking help.
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Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis told MPs on Wednesday that the Government would not carry out any immigration checks on witnesses coming forward to provide information about possible victims.
In a written statement to Parliament he said the Government’s priority is “to ensure that victims of this tragedy get the access they need to vital services, irrespective of immigration status”.
Mr Lewis said the period of