Birmingham City Council will not renew its five-year contract with the UK Border Agency, meaning not a single immigrant will be granted asylum there by the public sector after June next year.And three cheers for councillor John Lines, who is surely about to face a concerted attack by the left and their fellow travellers for this:
Cllr John Lines, who is in charge of housing, said the decision was made because of the rising numbers of homeless people in the city, and insisted it was "not to save money, not political and not racist".And why, exactly, should he need to state that?
He said: "Hundreds of Brummies, hundreds of my people are in B&Bs instead of council-provided homes. Why should that be? My people have got to come first.Hopefully, it'll spread. There are signs of this already:
"The asylum seekers arrive here, they have a blooming family and they keep having children - it's a burden on the system.
"If people say I'm racist then I'd say we've got Brummies of all colours here, third or fourth generation Asians and blacks, but if you say I'm putting Birmingham people first, then, yes, I am."
Wolverhampton council is understood to be ending its agreement with the Border Agency too.It's not entirely good news, though. It's only good news for the council ratepayers of Birmingham. Income tax payers are still on the hook:
The UK Border Agency’s regional director for the Midlands and East of England, Gail Adams, said: “We’re disappointed by Birmingham City Council’s decision to withdraw from the West Midlands Consortium."No. The Border Agency doesn't have any money.
Asylum seekers could continue to come to the city but will have to live in privately rented accommodation, paid for by the Border Agency.
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