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`Businesses ignoring immigration laws will be stamped down’: UKBA

The border force has warned that businesses ignoring immigration laws will be stamped down.

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'We are determined to stamp down on those businesses that ignore our immigration laws. Any employer who takes on foreign nationals without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law,’ the UK Border Agency has asserted.

The assertion came after four immigration offenders were caught by UKBA officers during an enforcement raid in Chadderton.

Acting on intelligence, officers targeted the Rafi Halal Meat Wholesale on Summers Street, to conduct immigration checks and ensure staff had the legal right to work in the UK on Monday 14 November.

The checks revealed four staff were working illegally in the UK and officers arrested two Bangladeshi men aged 41 and 54 alongside 2 Pakistanis aged 37 and 51. Steps will now be taken to remove all 4 from the UK.

The business now faces a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker, a possible total of £40,000, unless they can prove to that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Eddy Montgomery, operations director, North West, UK Border Agency said:

'If people ignore our immigration laws by working illegally, we will find them and seek to remove them from the country.

'We are happy to work with law abiding employers and there are a few simple checks that can be carried out to establish a person's right to work in the UK. However, when a business fails to comply with the rules we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action.'

 

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