Secure Borders, Fair Immigration: A Direct Democracy Approach

In today's interconnected world, it is imperative for every nation to safeguard its borders while also maintaining a fair and efficient immigration system. John Rees-Evans and the UK Direct Democracy campaign understand the importance of balancing national security with compassion and fairness towards immigrants.

We propose a comprehensive policy that combines decisive border security measures with a meritocratic immigration system, all decided through direct participation of the people.

1. Secure Borders:

a. Investment in Technology: Utilize state-of-the-art intelligence gathering technology, including surveillance drones, satellite imaging, and advanced analytics, to monitor and secure the UK's borders effectively. Our military spends millions on training exercises that have no direct real-world benefit. We should use our border crisis to kill two birds with one stone: enhance our military's capabilities through real-world training while simultaneously solving Britain's illegal immigration problem.

b. Strengthen Border Personnel: Redirect resources to better equip border control agencies to enhance their capacity to detect and deter illegal immigration, smuggling, and trafficking. Britain's Reserve Forces represent excellent value for money. Our border force should be supported and supplemented by our Reserve Forces whose own military capabilities will be enhanced through real-world Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance training exercises that have an invaluable impact on our economy and security by better securing our border.

c. Strategic Infrastructure: Task our Royal Navy to detect and prevent illegal Channel crossings long before they reach our coastline. However, Britain must not stifle trade while endeavouring to enhance its border security. We must operate a US-style Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP) to streamline work and tourism visa applications that encourage foreign investment in our country, while at the same time, offering voluntary refundable repatriation bonds and visitor satellite and GPRS-tracking participation to applicants that don't yet meet our TTP criteria, as a condition of their being issued visitor visas.

2. Fair and Meritocratic Immigration System:

a. Swift Processing: Implement streamlined procedures for visa applications and asylum claims, reducing bureaucracy and processing times.

b. Merit-Based Criteria: Assess immigration applicants based on their skills, qualifications, and contributions to the UK economy and society, rather than arbitrary factors.

c. Dignity and Respect: Treat all applicants with dignity and respect throughout the immigration process, ensuring humane treatment and fair representation.

d. Industry Expert Consultation: Consult with industry experts to determine immigration quotas based on economic needs, labor market demands, and social considerations.

e. Referenda for Approval: Propose immigration quotas and policy changes to the public through referenda, allowing citizens to have a direct say in shaping the country's immigration strategy.

3. Implementation and Oversight:

a. Task Force Creation: Establish a dedicated task force comprised of government officials, immigration experts, and community representatives to oversee the implementation of border security measures and immigration policies.

b. Regular Review: Conduct periodic reviews of the immigration system to assess its effectiveness, identify areas for improvement, and adapt to changing circumstances.

c. Transparency and Accountability: Ensure transparency in decision-making processes related to immigration policy and border security, with regular reports provided to the public on progress and outcomes.

Conclusion

John Rees-Evans and the UK Direct Democracy campaign believe that securing borders and reforming the immigration system are crucial priorities for the United Kingdom. By combining decisive actions to safeguard national security with a fair and meritocratic approach to immigration, we aim to create a system that reflects British values of dignity, respect, and democratic participation.

Through direct involvement of the people via referenda, we can ensure that immigration policies are not cynically abused to serve the agenda of the government of the day and the vested interests that influence it, but which instead align with the needs and aspirations of all citizens, making the UK a stronger, more inclusive, and prosperous nation.

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