The United Kingdom's Home Secretary has announced plans that will make life difficult for illegal aliens and compel businesses in many areas to verify the immigration status of those applying for service.  Theresa May said:

Most people will say it can't be fair for people who have no right to be here in the UK to continue to exist as everybody else does with bank accounts, with driving licences and with access to rented accommodation. We are going to be changing that because we don't think that is fair.

May has said in the past that landlords caught renting rooms to illegal aliens should face fine of up to £3,000 (approx. $4,800). The new proposals would also:

  • Require temporary legal immigrants, such as students, to put down a deposit toward their health care costs (currently there is no fee);
  • Require banks to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening a bank account;
  • Check the immigration status of driving license applicants and to revoke the licenses of overstayers; and
  • Introduce a "deport first, appeal later" policy for thousands facing deportation who face no "risk of serious irreversible harm" from being deported, and reduce the grounds for appeal from 17 to four.

This policy, which mirrors an attrition through enforcement policy advocated by some in the United States, would make like difficult for illegal aliens and hopes to encourage them to return him. May continued, "What we don't want is a situation where people think that they can come here and overstay because they're able to access everything they need."

Updated: Mon, Oct 14th 2013 @ 10:10am EDT