The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has indicated it plans to initiate legal proceedings in the high court today for judicial review of the government's decision to introduce an immigration cap.
The cap came into effect on 28 June, much to the consternation of the UK business community, and even some cabinet members -- including the Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, who remains a vocal opponent and has said it is doing "huge damage" to the economy.
The Law Society, City of London Immigration Working Group, the Greater London Authority, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and London First have all echoed this criticism and called on the government to ditch the cap.
The crux of JCWI's complaint is that Home Office ministers sidestepped proper parliamentary approval in introducing an interim immigration cap before agreeing on a permanent one to take effect next year.
While they announced their intention to introduce the cap, they did not disclose who it would apply to or how it would operate until it came into force. Even then, details were only posted on the Home Office website but not presented to parliament.