North Thanet's Member of Parliament, Roger Gale, has this morning called upon the government to grant immediate asylum status to Iraqi interpreters employed by the British authorities and also to grant asylum to members of their close families.
The MP. Who has consistently taken a robust line against the presence of illegal immigrants in the United Kingdom, said this morning:
"Is it not extraordinary that the British government should be prepared to use Iraqi citizens in the interests of our military and our endeavours to establish a legal civilian administration, to place their lives and those of their families in jeopardy and then, having used them, to be prepared to deny them a place of safety?
I believe that this decision - which clearly will have e been approved by the Prime Minister - shows Brown's administration in its true light. We may hopefully now see a Prime Ministerial "reconsideration" but the fact is that this government is incapable of deporting immigrants convicted of crimes, allows them to escape, targets "soft" asylum cases for deportation while failing to deal with the real issues and now is shown in all its meanness of spirit by refusing succour to those in genuine need and who have served our country and its military and civilian personnel.
These are people who, by implication, speak our language, are educated and deserve our assistance in their hour of need.Brown`s government's decision has once again underlined the manner in which his failed asylum policy is allowed to damage the interests of genuine asylum seekers while doing little or nothing to address the problem of illegal immigration. In an effort to appear "tough" the government is in fact demonstrating the real weakness of its position."