As many as 165,000 asylum seekers are to be granted an "amnesty" to live in Britain, it was revealed.
The vast bulk of the migrants are failed refugees whose files were left lying in boxes by bungling Home Office staff.
They have now been living here so long that officials have ruled that it would be a breach of their human rights to kick them out.Ministers admitted that the first 19,000 have already been granted leave to remain under what the Tories described as a "stealth amnesty".
All will now be free to bring their relatives to Britain - and claim the full range of benefits.
As I have written at least three times already (in relation to calls for an amnesty for illegal immigrants, which is basically what we have here) these people are illegal immigrants: their very presence in our country is in violation of our laws. As such, it is simply ridiculous to say that because they have succeeded in breaking the law, and getting away with it, for an unusually long time, they should be rewarded (in this case, by being allowed to live here legally). As I wrote in July, it's rather like saying that if you kill someone and then avoid capture for ten years, then you should have all charges against you dropped, and be given a knighthood.Furthermore, the fact that these illegal immigrants are being rewarded for breaking the law is likely to encourage more people to seek to enter Britain illegally. Thanks to the government's complete inability (or perhaps unwillingness) to do anything to limit either legal or illegal immigration, this country is already seen as a soft touch, as the number one destination for the discerning phoney refugee - as one Iranian would-be illegal immigrant, waiting at Cherbourg to nip across the channel, put it, "Britain has been our destination from the day we left our home countries". Now, because of yet more government incompetence, coupled with the excesses of the "human rights" culture, there is a further incentive to come here: stick around long enough, and you can stay forever.