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Immigration Crackdown All Talk, Unfair To Business

Immigration Crackdown All Talk, And Unfair To Business

The Government's new plan to fight people smuggling is nothing but cheap talk, says National's Immigration spokesperson Marie Hasler.

"There is no new money or resources to fight this problem. Instead it is shutting the gate after the horse has bolted, and passing the buck onto business people.

"Increasing the penalties is not enough by itself. People smuggling is already a highly dangerous and risky business, and an increased fine is hardly likely to deter any of them.

"Prevention is better than cure. We need to stop illegal migrants getting here in the first place, and we can do that through increased surveillance, border control, and security measures.

'It is unfair to expect business people to do the Government's job of catching illegal immigrants. The heavy punitive fines for employers are extremely unfair, given that criminals can obtain sophisticated forgeries of passports and work permits.

"In fact it is legal migrants who are likely to be adversely affected. By putting this extra compliance cost onto business, many employers will simply avoid hiring migrant workers," said Ms Hasler.


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