Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to Britain just to get welfare benefits, a senior judge declared yesterday.Oh, I can hear the screams from the progressives as I type…
Judge Ian Trigger said the cost of the handouts has helped to double the national debt.
He spoke out as he gave a two-year jail sentence to a Jamaican drug minder who disappeared from the notice of immigration authorities after claiming asylum.Ouch!
He told Lucien McClearley, 31, at Liverpool Crown Court: 'Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists and has existed over recent years.'
Sentencing McClearley, he added: 'People like you, and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like you, come to these shores to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that exist here.
'In the past ten years the national debt of this country has risen to extraordinary heights, largely because central Government has wasted billions of pounds. Much of that has been wasted on welfare payments.
'For every £1 that the decent citizen, who is hard-working, pays in taxes, nearly 10 per cent goes on servicing that national debt. That is twice the amount it was in 1997 when this Government came to power.'
That last one, in particular, may get him into trouble, as it could be said that it was overtly political, which is frowned on in judicial circles, isn’t it?
So, how did this cunning master criminal escape the talons of the Immigration authorities anyway?
McClearley arrived legally in Britain in November 2001 on a visitor's visa.Oh.
He was arrested in October 2002 after it ran out but claimed asylum and was released while this was being processed.
He then 'disappeared from the radar of the authorities', the court heard. His application was rejected in 2004 but he was only arrested this February after police stopped a car he was driving and noticed it smelled of cannabis.
By hiding in plain sight, while absolutely no-one bothered to look for him, then?
Never mind ‘disappearing’ from the radar, the authorities never apparently switched the radar system on in the first place!