There have been lots of queries about immigration and border controls in recent weeks.
It's important to recognise that the answers to things like illegal immigration across the channel etc are not simple. International law, and in some cases our own laws dating back to the Blair era, prevent us from being able to take all the immediate action that we would like... What people often aren't aware of though, is that we're already deporting hundreds of illegal immigrants and criminals!! I've asked the Home Office to publicise these figures more!
We're committed to making the changes to deliver on this. Changing those laws will take time and be incredibly difficult, because the same old vocal campaigners will go mad, but we've promised to deliver and we will. At the same time we're introducing our points based immigration system and Michael Gove has announced a £700m Border Controls plan last weekend.