Illegal immigrants who survived the Grenfell Tower fire should get a “full amnesty” and be allowed to stay in the country, Labour’s Diane Abbott has said.
The shadow home secretary said the government’s current offer of allowing survivors to stay in the UK for 12 months regardless of their immigration status did not go far enough, and would leave them and relatives “frightened” of seeking help from authorities.
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Home Office minister Brandon Lewis announced the government’s temporary amnesty on Wednesday (5 July), saying his department would not conduct immigration checks on those who came forward.
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
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