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Priti Patel: The UK’s new home secretary and her plans

August 1, 2019 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Priti Patel, MP of Witham was endorsed by the PM and left the Home office last week as the new home secretary. A leading member of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, Patel promises to revamp the UK’s immigration system in her new position. 

In a recent interview with Dailymail, Patel announced her immigration plans with the government. Looking at Brexit from the perspective of the economy, she commented

“We’ll give top priority to those…who add the most value to our economy. These skilled workers will only be able to come here if they have a job offer from an employer registered with the Home Office, and if they can speak English.” 

While Patel’s seemingly-straightforward propositions might get a lot of approval, these stringent restrictions results in some grey area between securing the borders and the human rights violations that come with it. Patel’s opinion that people should be able to move to the UK based on their English speaking skills and employment status can be seen as discriminatory and hypocritical, considering the fact that she herself is the child of Ugandan-Indian immigrants, a group of which every member may not have necessarily passed the English language test or been employed in the UK before moving here. 

Furthermore, there might be concerns of whether her actions to follow-through with the immigration plans will be transparent to the public, due to her unauthorised meetings with Israeli politicians just two years ago. 

However, Patel’s stunt is in the past. 

The Home Office’s policies have oppressed many minorities, children, and women for a long time. Patel has the power to help influence change. 

Initially supporting bringing back the death penalty to Britain, Patel has since changed her mind. Hopefully she will consider human rights consequences and make amendments to her plans. As she states in her article, “Change is already on the way.”

Let’s hope to see positive changes in the immigration system that will offer more protection and equal benefits to immigrants and British citizens alike.