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Deport First, Appeal Later: Cameron Hardens Stance in New Immigration Bill

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British Prime Minister David Cameron's new legislation will make it more difficult for undocumented immigrants to work, study or reside in the United Kingdom, according to excerpts from his speech released on Thursday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Speaking in London ahead of flying to the Latvian capital of Riga for a two-day European Union summit, Cameron is expected to make it a criminal offense for undocumented migrants to work in the UK.

"That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime… and businesses will be told when their workers' visas expire," Cameron said.

The newly reelected prime minister's immigration bill will also include a "deport first, appeal later" measure, which in the six months since July 2014 has kicked 800 convicted foreign criminals out of the UK.

As part of a wider effort to make Britain "a less attractive place to come and work illegally," Cameron is expected to build on measures that have shut down 850 so-called bogus colleges and cracked down on "sham" marriages.

"With this Immigration Bill, and our wider action, we will put an end to houses packed full of illegal workers; stop illegal migrants stalling deportation; give British people the skills to do the jobs Britain needs," his speech concludes.

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The new bill will be part of next week's Queen's Speech, a preview of the newly elected government's legislative work in its five-year term.

Immigration was a central issue in Cameron's platform during the May 7 general election campaign. His Conservative Party's unexpected sweeping victory and subsequent majority in the House of Commons is widely viewed as a mandate to pursue his policies, including anti-immigration.

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