Phil Woolas also said "It's been too easy to get into this country in the past and it's going to get harder,"
The Home Office said the new points-based system provided "a powerful and flexible set of controls".
The government recently introduced a points-based system to attract migrants from outside the EU judged to be most valuable to the economy.
Mr Woolas said that there was no way that the government would allow the population to go up to 70 million and that here has to be a balance of people coming into the UK and people leaving.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the population grew by nearly two million to almost 61m people between 2001 and 2007.Various official projections predict this to rise to 77m in 2051 or 110m in 2081.
The Conservative Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve accused the government of "floundering around" on UK immigration because it believed the issue to be an "electoral liability" he also accused Labour of matching Tory policies regarding immigration.
Grieve also called for the government to "explain carefully" their ideas to tackle this most sensitive issue, he said "The government hasn't got to grips with this issue at all, and that they're floundering around because they know it's now become a serious electoral liability."He added: "Tough talk is simply not enough, they must now explain how they intend to deliver."
Currently there is a points based system used for assessing immigration basically, the more skilled the applicant the more points are awarded. the next tier is if the applicant has a profession that the UK needs and so on to the bottom tier that covers temporary workers.
This announcement could spell the end for the BNP rise in popularity. The news that the mainstream parties are willing to act and tackle immigration and asylum will not be welcome news to the far right party who locally make a lot of the lack of action from the three main parties.
Well, what do you think about this brave announcement by the immigration minister? Does this go far enough to worry the BNP? What other action would you like the mainstream parties take to tackle this issue?