I’ve spoken a lot about illegal immigration recently. With regard to legal immigration I want us to continue to be open to the brightest and the best, but the current level of net legal migration is, in my view, far too high.
Legal migration needs to be at sustainable levels. The current levels we are seeing are unsustainable. We’ve left the EU and ended freedom of movement so there is something that can be done about it. We need to do so soon!
This isn’t just a debate about economics. The dramatic social and cultural consequences of mass migration need to be considered also. As does the consequence in terms of housing demand and pressure on public services. Ultimately this isn’t a debate the British public should be shut out of.
I’ve stressed to the Government that its critical they bring legal migration down to levels the majority of the British people are comfortable with and they do so soon.
I have no idea why international students are able to bring over dependents and I’m also concerned that this route is being abused by some.