A petition has been started up calling on the govenment to reject the idea of such an amnesty - though at this stage there is no legislation proposing one, just a suggestion from some quarters that it is an idea worth talking about.
You can view the petition here (1). At the time of writing it has amassed a whopping 184 signitures, inspite of it being spammed onto news groups and discussion forums, which was how I first became aware of it.
The petition "was created by and written by Charlotte Lewis." I'm all for citizen activism, but I'm also all for transparency and honesty. I ran the name Charlotte Lewis through google and discoovered two very interesting things. First, there is a British actress called Charlotte Lewis, who is very beautiful and has a penchant for taking her clothes off in films. She starred in Eddie Murphy's The Golden Child, and not much else of note.
Second, there is a Charlotte Lewis who stood in the British council elections in 2006. The party she represented was the BNP - the British National Party, a collection of thugs and morons who are trying to gain mainstream credibility.
Better yet, Charlotte bent the rules in her bid to get elected. In fact, she broke them:
Charlotte Lewis of the BNP is standing in the St Helier ward in the local elections due to take place on May 4 ...
On her nomination papers, Ms Lewis claimed to live in Lind Road, Sutton, but a recent report by the Evening Standard newspaper claimed she actually lived in Thornton Heath in Croydon.
Sutton Council has since confirmed the BNP's candidate for St Helier ward is not on the borough's electoral roll.
Source: Sutton Guardian (2)
This raises questions about Ms Lewis's suitability as a guardian of democracy.
According to her comments made on the Telegraph website (3) it was"Four years ago I took the plunge & joined the BNP, & I definately do not regret it." It seems Ms. Lewis seems to have found something in her life that legitimises her sense of powerlessness and victimization. Why else would someone turn on the most helpless and powerless people in Britian - the shadow workforce of the black economy, denied civil rights and access to the amenities of mainstream society, often living in fear of both the criminal gangs that brought them here and the authorities.
It's time the British political parties addressed this issue head on. Yes, there are problems with immigration and illegal immigration. It is rediculuous that we don't know if immigrants have left the country, for example. But it is pointless wasting more money and time trying to track down illegal immigrants and deport them. Give them a chance to legalise their status, tighten up controls and then try tobreak the gangs that are bringing these people into the country and the people who exploit them.