Local immigration enforcement

From the Free Movement blog

I just came across a surprising Home Office press release. Usually, Home Office immigration press releases are recycled and re-used dribble. The ‘new’ ‘points’-based ‘system’ (I’d question the accuracy of all of these words) has been announced again and again and again, for example.

This one might just be a bit different. The stuff about local immigration teams is frankly disturbing…

…The tone of the press release makes these teams sound like some sort of sinister neighbourhood watch, except aimed at immigrants rather than criminals. Who will they be working alongside in local communities? Those who want their neighbour deported?

Check out this quote from Councillor Mike Rye, Leader of Conservative-controlled Enfield Council:

“Having a UKBA officer in situ in our offices will be an immense help in all areas of our work – I am really pleased that Enfield Council has been chosen to pilot this new way of working. This partnership will be a great asset in helping us combat fraud, speeding up checks on the immigration status of people applying for council services, and improving the exchange of information between the Council and the UK Border Agency for child protection purposes.”

I thought I’d check out the press release claim that the names of defaulting employers who employ illegal immigrants are to be published on the Home Office website. It’s true! They are actually doing it. They are bravely taking down major players in the international people trafficking business like, er, chip shops and take aways. I don’t see the directors of supermarkets or big food processing companies being done yet. Instead we’ll have small ethnic minority employers being forced out of business.

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