Author- Henry Dyer
Boris Johnson suggested that illegal immigrants should be “rounded up and sent back” in comments made to the Legatum Institute think tank in 2014, Scram News can reveal.
Johnson’s hardline comments on immigrants, made while he was Mayor of London, stand in stark opposition to the public image he has created before and since – suggesting he’s in favour of an amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Johnson made the comments after giving a speech to the Legatum Institute in September 2014 on “Athenian Civilisation: The Glory That Endures”. In a question and answer session afterwards, he was asked if he would rather “be a metic [a foreign resident with no citizenship rights] in Athens, a freedman [a former slave] in Rome, or an illegal immigrant in Boris’s London?”
“I’m afraid the answer is easy. The joys of living and working in London, even illegally alas, are probably far greater – and your life expectancy is probably triple that of ancient Athens, and double that of ancient Rome. You’re far better off in London, though we discourage illegal immigration, and they jolly well ought to be rounded up and sent back.”