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Oregon teen unemployment 30%

Oregon teenagers faced a challenging job market this summer.

An analysis by the Employment Policies Institute found that the state's unemployment rate in July was 30.3 percent, the third-highest among the states.

Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the institute pegged national teen unemployment at 23.8 percent. Between April and July, the number of unemployed citizens between the ages of 16 and 24 rose by 2.1 million, to 19.5 million.

“The nation’s teens have suffered through a fourth summer of difficult job prospects,” said Michael Saltsman, research fellow at EPI. “As a result, thousands are going back to school having missed out on the valuable career experience that comes from an entry-level job.”

The EPI analysis found that 19 states had teen unemployment rates of more than 25 percent from August 2011 through July 2012. Here is the breakdown:

1. California 35.4%
2. South Carolina 30.5%
3. Oregon 30.3%
4. Georgia 30.2%
5. Hawaii 29.6%
6. Arizona 28.7%
7. Washington 28.7%
8. Louisiana 27.5%
9. North Carolina 27.5%
10. Rhode Island 27.4%
11. Colorado 27.3%
12. New York 27.1%
13. Mississippi 26.9%
14. Illinois 26.5%
15. Nevada 26.3%
16. Florida 25.7%
17. New Jersey 25.6%
18. Idaho 25.1%
19. Kentucky 25.0%
 

New program for young illegal immigrants begins Wednesday

The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.

The government renewed warnings that the process wouldn't lead to citizenship or give them permission to travel internationally. It will begin accepting immigrants' applications Wednesday.

The paperwork for the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, can be downloaded from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, said the agency's director, Alejandro Mayorkas. Applicants must pay a $465 fee and provide proof of identity and eligibility.

Under guidelines that the administration announced Tuesday, USCIS said proof of identity and eligibility under the program could include a passport or birth certificate, school transcripts, medical and financial records and military service records. DHS said that in some instances, multiple sworn affidavits, signed by a third party under penalty of perjury, could also be used.

A decision on each application could take several months, and immigrants have been warned not to leave the country while their application is pending. If they are allowed to stay in the United States and want to travel internationally, they will need to apply for permission to come back into the country, a request that would cost $360 more.

The administration announced the plan in June to stop deporting many illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. To be eligible, immigrants must prove they arrived in the United States before they turned 16, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years, and are in school or graduated or served in the military. They also cannot have been convicted of certain crimes or otherwise pose a safety threat.

Mayorkas said being approved to avoid deportation "does not provide lawful status or a path to citizenship."

The announcement came just months before what is shaping up to be a tight contest for the White House. President Barack Obama has come under fire by Hispanic voters and others who have say he hasn't fulfilled a previous campaign promise to reform the nation's immigration laws. The policy change could stop deportations for more than a million young illegal immigrants who would have qualified for the failed DREAM Act, which Obama has supported in the past.

Critics of the program, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.

"While potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be permitted to compete with American workers for scarce jobs, there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications and documentation submitted by illegal immigrants," Smith said Tuesday.

DHS said anyone found to have committed fraud will be referred to federal immigration agents.

The Migration Policy Institute estimated last week that as many as 1.7 million people could be eligible to stay in the U.S. and legally work under the new policy.

DHS officials have repeatedly said the department doesn't have an estimate on how many people may apply. In an internal document outlining the program's implementation officials estimated about 1.04 million people would apply in the first year, and about 890,000 would be eligible.

The document, obtained by The Associated Press, estimated that the program could cost between $467.7 million and $585.4 million. The department anticipated collecting about $484.2 in fees.

In Oregon

Oregon ranks among the top 15 states with the number of Deferred Action Status applicants expected to be over 16,600 people.

-- The Associated Press

 

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CALL TO ACTION: Restore law and order week is AUGUST 8 - 15, 2012

Alert date: 
August 9, 2012
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On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration usurped Congressional authority by unilaterally amending federal immigration policy to grant backdoor amnesty to illegal aliens meeting criteria similar to that of the failed DREAM Act. This broad usurpation of Congressional power came not in the form of an executive order or regulation, but by a mere policy memorandum authored by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

Under the Secretary's directive, illegal aliens up to the age of 30 who meet certain criteria can affirmatively apply for what's called "deferred action," which allows them to remain in the country for a period of two years in spite of their unlawful status. The memorandum also allows illegal aliens to simultaneously apply for work authorization, adding an estimated 1.8 million to the workforce at time of record unemployment.

Nonetheless, Congress, which rejected the DREAM Act as recently as December 2010, has stood idly by while the Administration has enacted such policies and systematically dismantled enforcement of U.S. immigration law-the June 15 memorandum serving as the capstone to a presidential tenure filled with immigration policy created and manipulated by executive fiat.

As President Obama even admitted himself, it is Congress' job to pass the law and the executive branch's job to enforce the law. If Congress wants to gain the confidence of voters in this country, they MUST take immediate action! Although the Administration has stated it will begin accepting applications August 15, over 1,000 illegal aliens have already been granted a reprieve under this policy.

So far Congress-including leaders in both the House and the Senate-have sat on the sidelines instead of acting as the checks and balances instituted in the Constitution to this egregious usurpation of their power.

We need you to make phone calls to our Congressional "Leaders" each and every day until this affront on the rule of law stops.

Demand that they take the necessary steps to restore law and order to America's immigration laws. Tell them:

  • Halt the Obama amnesty! Congress has the power to stop the Administration's circumvention of U.S. immigration law-it must exercise it.
  • Granting amnesty is an affront to all law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants.
  • Especially at times of high unemployment, Americans need immigration laws enforced, not another amnesty.

CALL: John Boehner, Speaker of the House (202) 225-0600
Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (202) 225-2815
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader (202) 225-4965
Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (202) 224-3542
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader (202) 224-2541

The need for E-Verify

In the OFIR crime section there is a news report of an alleged illegal alien that was recently arrested for 2nd degree theft of a cell phone.

The story that isn't written is that the illegal alien was discovered among a group of construction workers who denied knowing anything until the phone, which was hidden in the insulation, rang. 

Maybe the report should have included that Pedro Salome Ramos-Figueroa also likely stole a job from an American citizen?
 

California Considers Illegal Alien Sanctuary Law for Entire State!

Despite mounting budget woes, California lawmakers continue to invite illegal immigration by dolling out benefits to, and creating a safe haven for, illegal aliens. Their latest goal is to become the "anti-Arizona" state by passing laws to further prevent the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

A bill awaiting final passage by the Assembly, AB 1081, prohibits California law enforcement from complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests to hold suspected illegal aliens. Law enforcement is barred from holding an arrested illegal alien for ICE unless they have been convicted of a serious or violent felony in the bill.

Other jurisdictions, including Cook County, Illinois, and Washington, DC, have adopted similar measures. And, although California and others are circumventing the enforcement of immigration laws by passing bills to prevent the apprehension of illegal aliens, the Department of Justice and ICE have failed to stand up for the rule of law and stop them.

This is all going on against the backdrop of a severe budget crisis for California resulting in deep cuts to welfare, child care, and education benefits. Come November, Governor Jerry Brown and Democrats are asking voters to approve $8.5 billion in annual tax increases, including a sales tax hike. Meanwhile, California's 3.2 million illegal aliens – and their children – continue to receive publicly funded education, college aid, in-state tuition and health care to the tune of nearly $22 billion a year.

AB 1081 originated in the Assembly but will return after passing the Senate with changes. It will come before the Assembly once again in early August.


 

Townhall meeting needs a reality check

Alert date: 
June 27, 2012
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This is a perfect opportunity for people in these districts to attend these events and ask these Legislators about the Governors plan to find a way to get Oregon driver licenses back in the hands of illegal aliens so they can "come out of the shadows and contribute to Oregon's economic recovery".  Oregon has an 8.4% unemployment rate.  Do we really need to try to make life easier for those who are already breaking multiple laws by being in the country and holding jobs (often using fraudulent ID).  Tell your representative that you do NOT support this move by the governor to undo the Oregon Driver License Law SB1080 and you expect them to represent you and not foreign nationals illegally in our state.  Always be polite and respectful, but insist on an answer to this troubling move by Oregon's leadership.
 
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
 
THURSDAY JUNE 28, 6:30-8:00 PM
 
Please join me, Representative Tomei and Senator Rosenbaum at the Sellwood SMILE Station on June 28 at 6:30 pm. We are excited to update you on what we are working on and to hear feedback on the issues you are most concerned about.
 
WHAT:
Town Hall with Representatives Jules Bailey, Carolyn Tomei and Senator Diane Rosenbaum
 
WHEN:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
6:30-8:00pm
 
WHERE:
Sellwood SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

 

Work Permits for Young Immigrants Steal Jobs From Americans. Do you agree?

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June 19, 2012
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US News and World Report published the following op-ed from NumbersUSA CEO and Founder Roy Beck.

Congress approved seven amnesties for illegal aliens between 1986 and 2000. Focusing on compassion for those who broke the law without taking away the jobs magnet only led to more illegal immigration. Every Congress since 2000 has rejected the reward of amnesty.

Now in a constitutionally questionable move, President Barack Obama has decided just to ignore Congress and return to the bad old days of treating symptoms and not the jobs causes of illegal immigration.

The president says he was moved to act out of compassion for the illegal aliens under age 30 who were brought here illegally at a young age and who may not have much connection any longer to their home country because they have been here so long. But he has shown no recognition that the reason these illegal aliens are in this predicament is that the federal government allowed their parents to illegally take jobs from U.S. workers for five, 10, and 15 years.

Neither President Obama nor the congressional Republican leadership will press for a mandatory E-Verify bill to finally prevent illegal aliens from holding payroll jobs. So with the new Obama policy, parents world-round know they can continue to break into our country and steal jobs for long periods, building up compelling stories for the news media to report about their children in hopes of similar amnesties in the future.

Polls suggest that most Americans are sympathetic to suspending deportations of the young illegal aliens. But polling thus far has not asked how voters feel about the president offering work permits for 1-2 million illegal aliens to compete with the 20 million American workers who want a full-time job and can't find one.

Dramatically increasing the supply of legal workers victimizes the most vulnerable members of our national community who also have compelling stories that never seem to show up in the colorful human interest immigration stories filling the media.

Congress has acted three times to reject the DREAM Act-type of amnesty that the president has unilaterally created. If Mr. Obama thinks he can make a case for adding the illegal aliens to the workforce, then he ought to make his case to Congress along with offering offsets that would reduce the number of green cards (permanent work permits) given out each year to other foreign workers, thus reducing job competition for Americans.

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More than 7 in 10 U.S. teens will be jobless this summer

WASHINGTON — Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August. The decline has been particularly sharp since 2000, with employment for 16-to-19-year olds falling to the lowest level since World War II.

And teen employment may never return to pre-recession levels, suggests a projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The drop in teen employment, steeper than for other age groups, is partly a cultural shift. More youths are spending summer months in school, at music or learning camps or in other activities geared for college. But the decline is especially troubling for teens for whom college may be out of reach, leaving them increasingly idle and with few options to earn wages and job experience.

Older workers, immigrants and debt-laden college graduates are taking away lower-skill work as they struggle to find their own jobs in the weak economy. Upper-income white teens are three times as likely to have summer jobs as poor black teens, sometimes capitalizing on their parents’ social networks for help.

Overall, more than 44 percent of teens who want summer jobs don’t get them or work fewer hours than they prefer.

“It’s really frustrating,” said Colleen Knaggs, describing her fruitless efforts to find work for the past two years. The 18-year-old graduated from high school last week in Flagstaff, Ariz., the state that ranks highest in the share of U.S. teens who are unable to get the summer work they desire, at 58 percent.

Wanting to be better prepared to live on her own and to save for college, Knaggs says she submitted a dozen applications for summer cashier positions. She was turned down for what she believes was her lack of connections and work experience. Instead of working this summer, she’ll now be babysitting her 10-year-old brother, which has been the extent of her work so far, aside from volunteering at concession stands.

“I feel like sometimes they don’t want to go through the training,” said Knaggs, who is now bracing for a heavier debt load when she attends college in the fall.

Economists say teens who aren’t getting jobs are often those who could use them the most. Many are not moving on to more education.

“I have big concerns about this generation of young people,” said Harry Holzer, labor economist and public policy professor at Georgetown University. He said the income gap between rich and poor is exacerbated when lower-income youths who are less likely to enroll in college are unable to get skills and training.

“For young high school graduates or dropouts, their early work experience is more closely tied to their success in the labor market,” he said.

Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, said better job pathways are needed for teens who don’t attend four-year colleges, including paid internships for high school seniors and increased post-secondary training in technical institutes.

“We are truly in a labor market depression for teens,” he said. “More than others, teens are frequently off the radar screens of the nation’s and states’ economic policymakers.”

Washington, D.C., was the jurisdiction most likely to have teens wanting summer work but unable to get it or working fewer hours than desired, with more than three in five in that situation. It was followed by Arizona, California, Washington state, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Nevada.

On the other end of the scale, Wyoming, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas had teens who were more often able to find work. All those states have fewer immigrant workers.

The figures are based on an analysis of Census Bureau Current Population Survey data from June to August 2011 by Northeastern’s Center for Labor Market Studies. They are supplemented with research from Christopher Smith and Daniel Aaronson, two Federal Reserve economists, as well as interviews with Labor Department economists and Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a national job placement firm.

About 5.1 million, or just 29.6 percent, of 16-to-19 year olds were employed last summer. Adjusted for seasonal factors, the rate dips to 25.7 percent. In 1978, the share reached a peak of nearly 60 percent before waves of immigration brought in new low-skill workers. Teen employment remained generally above 50 percent until 2001, dropping sharply to fresh lows after each of the past two recessions.

Out of more than 3.5 million underutilized teens who languished in the job market last summer, 1.7 million were unemployed, nearly 700,000 worked fewer hours than desired and 1.1 million wanted jobs but had given up looking. That 3.5 million represented a teen underutilization rate of 44 percent, up from roughly 25 percent in 2000.

By race and income, blacks, Hispanics and teens in lower-income families were least likely to be employed in summer jobs. The figure was 14 percent for African-American teens when their family income was less than $40,000 a year, compared to 44 percent of white teens with family income of $100,000-$150,000.
 

Obama's Administrative Dream Act Myths

The Obama administration's latest attempt at amnesty is a lawless act and an end run around American citizens and their representatives in Congress. It is also a hostile act toward the millions of legal residents looking for jobs. Legalizing illegal aliens is unpopular and this plan may well drive voters away from the Obama campaign. If this were not the case, Obama would have announced his administrative amnesty plan on a Monday morning and followed with a week of fanfare; instead, the White House decided to drop this bombshell on a Friday afternoon while refusing to take questions from the press.

The amnesty memo, "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children", is available online. Though details are scarce, the plan raises a number of questions.

If the plan were narrowly-tailored and designed to benefit only young people brought her by their parents, the plan might find some support. Unfortunately, the president's plan is much more broad in scope than its supporters are willing to admit. Some of the myths spread by supporters are addressed here.

"It will only benefit 800,000 people." The White House is claiming that this administrative DREAM Act amnesty will benefit 800,000 illegal aliens, but the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 1.4 million people will qualify for the amnesty. These estimates assume no fraud, and the number of individuals who will ultimately benefit under the act will be much larger if history is any guide. In 1989, Roberto Suro, writing in the New York Times, described the 1986 amnesty as "one of the most extensive immigration frauds ever perpetrated against the United States Government", noting that "federal officials and immigration experts place the number of fraudulent applications at somewhere between 250,000 and 650,000." And that was when the nation's total illegal alien population was less than half of today's 11 million. Mass legalizations like Obama's new administrative DREAM Act will undoubtedly benefit thousands of people who are technically ineligible under the administration's memo.

"It's for those with no criminal history." Advocates claim this grant of work permits would benefit illegal aliens who are already here working and are leading "law-abiding lives". Yet illegal aliens who hold jobs have acquired their positions through fraud and are not, by definition, leading law-abiding lives. For example, illegal aliens regularly engage in ID theft, Social Security fraud, and I-9 Form fraud. This is in addition to any immigration violations.

The White House claims that before an illegal alien can benefit from its administrative amnesty plan, he or she must pass a background check. There are two problems. First, just because a person does not have a rap sheet, it does not necessarily follow that he or she is not violating a number of laws. Most illegal aliens have not been prosecuted for their ID theft, for example, because the White House has made a decision to not go after these so-called "low priority" offenders. The result is that a background check may turn up nothing, even though the alien could easily be prosecuted if the Obama administration was interested in upholding the rule of law.

Second, an alien's background is potentially unknowable. A background check will likely be a simple name search in U.S. databases. One problem is that the alien has likely been using a number of aliases during his or her stay in the United States, making a background check difficult. Furthermore, a background check is unlikely to include a search of foreign databases, yet the alien may be a serious criminal in his or her home country. Amnesties are notorious for granting legal status to problematic individuals — such as the 1993 WTC bombers — and there is no reason to believe this plan would be any different.

"It's for children." The plan would benefit illegal aliens up to age 30, and anyone 18 or older is an adult. This is not just for youths. Furthermore, this plan will benefit any older illegal alien who can successfully make a fraudulent claim as to his or her age. Illegal aliens are already involved in serious ID fraud and ID theft, so falsifying one's age to the Obama administration shouldn't be too much of a problem. As history shows, amnesties are full of fraud. It is very likely that this amnesty will benefit many people who do not fit into the categories set forth in the administrative memo.

"It's only for those brought here by their parents." Obama's proposal would benefit illegal aliens who snuck into the United States on their own. Like the failed DREAM Act, this plan does not include any language requiring that illegal alien beneficiaries actually be "brought" into the United States by their parents. This is a fictitious description that amnesty advocates have created in the hope that it creates sympathy, and ultimately support, for amnesty. It is well known that teenage aliens frequently enter the United States illegally on their own volition. Put another way, people who knowingly and willingly violated U.S. sovereignty will benefit from Obama's plan. The only reason that "children brought into the United States" are sympathetic is because they did not make the decision to violate U.S. sovereignty. The same cannot be said for many of the potential beneficiaries under this plan.

Even Janet Napolitano's memo contains an inconsistency. She writes that it is for "certain young people who were brought to this country" yet in the nuts-and-bolts section of the memo, she explains that the plan would apply to all illegal aliens who "came to the United States under the age of 16". Legally and morally culpable illegal aliens will benefit under the plan.

"They must have lived in United States for five continuous years." It is well established in immigration law that the "continuous residence" requirement does not actually require an alien to be continuously resident in the United States. Immigration attorneys have been successful in getting immigration courts to whittle this down to a point where it is almost meaningless. For example, an alien seeking naturalization must also prove five years of continuous residency, but that can still be met even if the alien has been absent from the United States for up to six months. And the alien can have multiple six-month vacations over the course of five years. If Obama's administrative DREAM Act follows established precedent, the five-year residency requirement will not mean much.

"It will not lead to citizenship." The entire goal of President Obama's administrative DREAM Act is to put illegal aliens on a pathway to citizenship. The White House knows it cannot get an amnesty through Congress, so its new goal is to provide illegal aliens as many benefits of U.S. citizenship as possible today, so that full citizenship simply becomes a matter of filling out paperwork tomorrow. This plan will result in work permits being granted to illegal aliens. Does anyone really think that once the illegal aliens are granted work permits, the administration won't decree that these illegal aliens also have a right to driver's licenses so that they can get to work? And why shouldn't they be allowed to vote? This is all part of an ongoing agenda to legitimize a population of people who have chosen to violate multiple U.S. laws. It starts small, like recognizing unverifiable foreign consulate cards such as Mexico's matricula consular so that the alien can open a bank account, get a loan, open credit cards, and so forth. Eventually, the illegal alien acquires all of the benefits of U.S. citizenship with few civic responsibilities.

It is important to deport illegal aliens at the first possible opportunity.

Theresa May interview: 'We’re going to give illegal migrants a really hostile reception’

NOTE:  While OFIR generally focuses on the impact of illegal immigration here in the U.S. and particularly in Oregon, it is important to see how other countries are dealing with the issue.  In the article below from the London Telegraph, Home Secretary Theresa May, is questioned about how Britain is dealing with illegal immigration.

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Poker players say everyone has a tell, a little tic that gives away their feelings about the hand they are playing. For Theresa May, it’s the eyes. Ask her a question she finds tricky — or just impertinent — and her eyes narrow briefly: catlike and wary.

The Home Secretary chooses her words with feline delicacy too, painfully aware that in her position a few stray words or a rash promise could be suicidal.

The safety-first approach has served her well so far. Despite a few scrapes, after two years in the job her position is secure — or at least, as secure as anyone can be in Whitehall’s most dangerous department. Most of the incidents that have put her on the front pages have sprung from Britain’s endlessly newsworthy immigration system.

Official figures this week showed that net immigration was still running at about 250,000 a year, well above the “tens of thousands” that the Conservatives — but not the Lib Dems — promised the Coalition would deliver.

Why aren’t the numbers coming down as her party promised? Blaming Labour for the scale of the problem, she admits that all the Coalition has managed to do is “stabilise” the migration numbers.

But soon, she insists, those figures will fall, as restrictions on student and working visas are reflected in the statistics. “We are seeing the number of visas issued going down, but there is a lag between those and feeding through into the net migration figures.”

So will she promise that the “tens of thousands” promise will be met by the next election? Here, the eyes narrow noticeably. “Well, that’s what we’re aiming for.”

Today though, her focus is on those who are in Britain illegally, and her language becomes uncharacteristically vivid. “The aim is to create here in Britain a really hostile environment for illegal migration,” she declares.

Work is under way to deny illegal immigrants access to work, housing and services, even bank accounts. “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,” she says.

HM Revenue and Customs is coming down hard on companies that employ illegal immigrants, the Department of Work and Pensions is taking a “zero tolerance” approach to benefits claims, and local councils are closing impromptu shelters offering “beds in sheds”, she says.

And now the UK Border Authority has joined CIFAS, a not-for-profit financial fraud prevention service, with a view to closing individual bank accounts. “We will talk to the CIFAS members, financial institutions, about the possibility of closing accounts of people who have no right to be here,” she says. “If you’re going to create a hostile environment for illegal migrants … access to financial services is part of that.”

Some critics blame Britain’s immigration troubles on the EU and the freedom of movement it grants to those within its borders. Mrs May says her recent conversations with EU counterparts suggest that the European mood is changing.

“Discussions within the EU are much more looking at the immigration issue, the migration issue, as something that needs to be considered and addressed,” she says. “Within the EU, in a wider context, people are increasingly recognising the need to prevent the abuse of free movement.”

And what if a eurozone collapse sent thousands of economic migrants heading north from Greece or Spain? Could she legally restrict their right to come to Britain?

This is another eyes-narrow moment. “As in every part of government, it is right that we do some contingency planning on this,” she says. “That is work that is ongoing.” But could you restrict entry in an economic emergency? “We will be doing contingency planning.”

The other side of the immigration coin is the trouble some Britons have getting back into their own country.

Mrs May admits that some of the queues recently experienced at Heathrow and elsewhere have been “unacceptable”, but insists things are getting better.

More staff and better co-ordination of shift patterns with flight arrivals should end the maddening ordeal of standing in line while staring at empty immigration desks.

Those improvements should “make sure that we have all the desks manned at peak times, so that we can provide people with the service they want.”

So can she guarantee no infuriatingly empty desks during the summer holiday season? Here, she comes close to making a promise.

“What we are doing is working with the airports and the operators … so we can manage the people on the desks to ensure that they are all manned when those peaks come.”

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