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Chris Bryant MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, said:

"There is still a massive gap between the Government's rhetoric and the reality on immigration. We agree we should build a national consensus on immigration but the Prime Minister is still making promises that he has no policies to deliver. And the government is still weakening action on illegal immigration as we saw in the borders fiasco last summer.

"David Cameron pledged 'no ifs, no buts', net migration would be in the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament. Yet the Minister today has again set out no workable proposals to deliver it.

"And the Government is still weakening action on illegal immigration, abandoning checks at our border during the summer, stopping the routine fingerprinting of illegal immigrants trying to enter the UK through the Channel Tunnel, and seeing the number of people removed for breaking the rules going down not up. That is undermining trust in the immigration debate.

"We agree with the Government on the need for controlled immigration, for strict rules on who can come here to work, and for people who want to settle here to contribute positively to our country. But the Prime Minister needs to be honest with people that he will not deliver on his promises and also take much stronger action on illegal immigration instead of weakening our borders. As long as the rhetoric doesn't match the reality, the government will not build consensus or trust in the system."

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