New Minister Liam Byrne has provoked media speculation that there is to be an amnesty for 'illegal immigrants' in this country (as they have in Spain and suggested in the US) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] by refusing to rule it out and announcing his department was preparing a report weighing the "pro's and con's" of an amnesty.
Jack Dromey said that "The time has come for the government to be brave, distinguishing between deporting the few who commit serious crimes and allowing the many undocumented migrant workers to remain. They are good men and women, essential to our economy and pillars of their local churches and communities."
An amnesty for all 'illegals' is long overdue - the misery, grief and injustice that this government and its predesors have caused through its detention and removals policy is the real criminal in this story. If the government does take this step then it will be fantastic news, but will the tabloids let them?
As it happens we are rasiing money for No One Is Illegal through our sweepstake on Blair's resignation which costs just £2 to enter - all proceeds go to NOII.
Update: 120 detainees are on hunger strike in Campsfield detention centre