You've got to be kidding me
Immigrants would have to put up a cash bond to enter Britain under radical reforms to be introduced by the government.
Similarly, they will be required to pay the ‘entry fee’ as part of a guarantee that they will not be a burden on taxpayers and will leave when their visa expires. The cash will be repaid when visitors leave, but only if they demonstrate that they have not drawn on services, such as non-urgent NHS care or other elements of the welfare state.
Now, Indian immigrants will have to pay a guarantee fee to enter UK : http://m.indianexpress.com/news/now-indian-immigrants-will-have-to-pay-guarantee-fee-to-enter-britain/1085129/
I avoided writing about this before because it demonstrates such a stunning level of chutzpah and moral blindness on top of everything else ( http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/nando-sigona/uk-migration-policy-we-need-to-talk-about-citizens ), I was simply lost for words.
This is an especially worrying development given the inadequacies which already exist within the system : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/bureaucracy
... and given the already excessive, draconian entry requirements which prevent around 50% (at least) of British citizens from bringing a non-British partner into the UK : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/introduction.html
Given the dysfunctional state of the UKBA already (http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/bureaucracy ) , what are the chances that this 'refundable' bond would in fact be refunded? With interest, I hope!
Read the links above at length and weep.
On immigration, Labour must tackle the roots of fear : http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100205818/on-immigration-labour-must-tackle-the-roots-of-fear/
May boosts Tory leadership chances with approach to right : http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/mar/07/theresa-may-immigration-cash-bond
Home secretary suggests immigrants may be forced to pay cash bond that would be refunded if they do not claim benefits.
Leadership rumours mount : http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/444229/20130309/thersa-tory-leadership-speech-three-pillars-conservatism.htm
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_May , Theresa May is an Anglican and attends church every Sunday. Given the plight of divided families ( http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/stories ) , and other issues ( http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-trials-of-roseline-akhalu-httpwww.html ) - as well as the suspicion that she is exploiting human suffering for the sake of her own political ambitions - one wonders about the health of her conscience.