I oppose the government's immigration plans.
Tens of thousands of workers in this country have been brought here under false pretences. Many have been conned into paying tens of thousands of dollars towards courses that they hoped would open the door to jobs and the chance for permanent residence. Many have studied and worked here for up to a decade.
These students and workers have now had the rules changed on them after they arrived.The government has increased the points required to get permanent residence under the skilled worker category and imposed a minimum income requirement of $49,000 that many will not be able to meet. Those who don't meet the new requirements will have a maximum of three years before they are kicked out.
The government has made a proposal for what they have called an "amnesty" for a group of workers in the South Island as a one-off pathway to residency for around 4,000 temporary migrant workers and their families.
It makes no sense to throw out people who want to stay and have invested a significant part of their lives to creating homes in this country.
The "Amnesty" allowing a one-off pathway to residency for around 4,000 temporary migrant workers and their families should be extended to all workers on temporary work visas around the country who want to make New Zealand their home.