Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Catholic leader calls for immigrant amnesty

A mass rally was under way calling for a one-off "earned amnesty" for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK.

The Strangers Into Citizens campaign was joined by faith leaders, immigrants from across the world, community activists and church groups in a gathering in Trafalgar Square, central London.

The campaign is calling for a two-year work permit, without access to benefits, for "irregular" migrants - refused asylum seekers or visa overstayers - who have been in the country for four years or more.

Addressing the rally, the leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, said immigrants living and working in the country deserved to be treated with "fairness, with justice and with dignity". Read more

Read the Migration Watch case against here.

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