Ballymena resident is attempting to raise a petition to have migrant issue potentially discussed in parliament

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A resident of the Ballymena area is attempting to get the migration issue discussed in parliament by creating a petition.

The man told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “Today I created a petition on the UK parliamentary website. Having lost all faith in the Northern Ireland Assembly over the last 24 months it’s clear no action can be expected from them.

“I shared my petition with several trusted social media outlets including Ballymena Daily in a hope that 10,000 concerned residents of Ballymena and Northern Ireland would align their views and help bring the answers we so desperately needs.”

The man said is “isn’t a matter of immigration or race, Ballymena is extremely diverse in both these aspects”.

He went on to make claims about migrants and spoke about coaches arriving in the town “under a veil of darkness”

The man added: “I am 28 years of age and have spent my entire life in Ballymena”.

He said he had concerns about the future.

The man had put up the petition on social media with the title: ‘Explain why hundreds of Romanians arrive in Ballymena late every Saturday night’.

On Tuesday night the petition website said five people had already supported the petition but the website said they were checking to see if the petition met their petition standards before publishing it.

The website explains how petitions work. It said ;only British citizens and UK residents can create or sign a petition’.

It added: ‘You get five people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition. We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.

‘The Petitions Committee reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They have the power to press for action from government or Parliament.

‘At 10,000 signatures you get a response from the government.

‘At 100,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament. Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated.

‘But we may decide not to put a petition forward for debate if the issue has already been debated recently or there’s a debate scheduled for the near future.

‘If that’s the case, we’ll tell you how you can find out more about parliamentary debates on the issue raised by your petition.

‘MPs might consider your petition for a debate before it reaches 100,000 signatures.

‘We may contact you about the issue covered by your petition. For example, we sometimes invite people who create petitions to take part in a discussion with MPs or government ministers, or to give evidence to a select committee.

‘We may also write to other people or organisations to ask them about the issue raised by your petition,’ said the general advice on the website.

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