Category: World / March 25, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a sweeping immigration crackdown on Monday (March 25).
In a speech that may stir controversy in Romania and Bulgaria, Cameron said he wants to stop Britain's welfare system being "a soft touch" for migrants.
"We made significant changes to our policies in the Home Office to get net migration down. But now what we need to do is to work across government so that our immigration policy is factored in to our benefits system, our health system, and our housing system. And let me set out how we are going to do this. By stopping our benefits system from being such a soft touch, by making entitlement to our key public services something migrants earn, not an automatic right, and by bringing the full force of government together to crack down on illegal working," Cameron said.
Cameron's initiative reflects a change in the political mainstream after years of politicians shying away from the issue. All three main parties now talk tough on immigration after polls showed it had become one of voters' main worries ahead of a 2015 election.
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