Rights threatened by immigration bill | Letters

The government’s immigration bill is a threat to the rights of millions of people, and we oppose it. When the bill comes to its third reading in March, we urge all MPs to vote against it.

The immigration bill will extend the hostile environment to European migrants, putting them into the same system that brought us the Windrush scandal. The income thresholds introduced by the bill will separate families and exclude many millions of people who might otherwise have contributed to our society.

We reject utterly the lie that immigration is to blame for the state of public services or falling wages. These are the result of austerity, privatisation and deregulation. Ending free movement will do nothing to end these damaging policies, and will put migrant workers at the mercy of their employers.

We need solidarity, not scapegoating. On 1 March, we will be joining a day of action against the bill, with communities making their voice heard up and down the country.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Ged Killen MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Alex Sobel MP, Julie Ward MEP, Sabrina Huck Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Ana Oppenheim Another Europe is Possible, Nadia Whittome Labour for a Socialist Europe, Nick Dearden Global Justice Now, Jilna Shah Migrants Rights Network, Hilary Wainwright Editor, Red Pepper

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