Australia has set a deadline for illegal immigrants to prove that they are legitimate refugees or be deported from the country.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has given illegal immigrants until October 1st of this year to present their identity documents or face deportation. Dutton said that 7,500 out of 50,000 people who arrived illegally by boat refused to provide any identification.
“Those people who are fake refugees – people who are refusing to provide detail about their claim of protection … we are going to set a deadline for those people, and we have set that deadline for the end of this year in October,” he said.
“This is a very serious situation that’s costing Australian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year — money that could be spent on education, on health, on police, on other services in the community,” he said. “If people think they can rip the Australian taxpayer off, if people think that they can con the Australian taxpayer, then I’m sorry, the game’s up.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The government is also trying to limit legal immigration. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced plans in April to replace visas for temporary foreign workers in order to put “Australians first.”
“We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians,” Turnbull said in a statement. “We’re putting jobs first, and we’re putting Australians first.”