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Banks To Check Accounts For Illegal Immigrants
WASHINGTON - Responding to the news that UK banks are to check 70 million bank accounts as part of Theresa May's attempts to create a 'hostile environment' towards migrants, Aisha Dodwell, a migration campaigner with Global Justice Now said:
“After having unleashed cruel and unnecessary checks against migrants in schools, universities and hospitals, now Theresa May is forcing banks to become part of her xenophobic ‘hostile environment’. This destructive mania aimed at making the daily lives of people from often quite marginalised communities even more untenable serves no purpose other than to pander to certain currents of racist populism in society. But it’s not only migrants that will suffer as a result of these measures, as everyone in the UK will have to deal with the consequences of the surveillance state being increasingly entrenched in our lives."
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