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Jacob Rees-Mogg is right, the “hostile environment” is fundamentally un-British

Windrush—though appalling—is just the tip of the iceberg

By Colin Yeo  

Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images

When I was first starting out as an immigration lawyer at the turn of the millennium, I was taught that here in our island nation of Great Britain we do immigration checks at our natural border. This contrasted with our continental neighbours, with their land borders, their Napoleonic Code and their state supervision of populations through systems of identity cards and population registers. 

In the UK, trained officials checked passports at ports and airports. On the continent, employers, hoteliers, public servants and police officers checked…

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