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BRITISH PLAN TO CURB IMMIGRATION ASSAILED

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Civil liberties groups and opposition members of Parliament Thursday attacked government plans to curb illegal immigration to Britain.

Their protest came a day after Home Secretary Kenneth Baker announced tough new legislation dealing with asylum seekers.The civil liberties campaigners placed petitions as advertisments in national newspapers, describing proposals to speed up the process of refugee screening as "extra-judicial execution.

And in Brussels Wednesday, the Commission of the European Community asked all its member governments to consider stricter policies on immigration and asylum.

On Wednesday, Baker told the annual conference of the ruling Conservative Party in Blackpool, where party policy is shaped, that Parliament would give top priority at its next sitting to passing laws to halt growing numbers of "bogus" claims for asylum in Britain.