UKBA warns `lawbreakers’ of more operations in 2011

Going to get tougher for the migrants
14th January 2011: It’s going to get tougher for the migrants working illegally in the UK. For the UK Border Agency has asserted `illegal working crackdown is to continue in 2011’.
In fact, the UK Border Agency officers are warning lawbreakers that more operations are planned in 2011.

The assertion came in reference to Kent. The UKBA said: `A crackdown on illegal working in Kent is set to continue into the New Year….

`During 2010, four businesses in Tunbridge Wells were given civil penalties for employing illegal workers, with fines totalling £25,000.

`The business biggest fine was imposed on Masala The Indian Restaurant, and The Pantiles, which was fined £10,000 for employing two illegal workers.

Also fined was Hostserve Ltd, Vale Road. It was fined £5,000 for employing an illegal worker.

Sea Fresh in the High Street was fined £5,000 for one illegal worker. The Spice Lounge restaurant, London Road, too was fined £5,000 for also employing one illegal worker.

Karyn Dunning, head of the UK Border Agency’s local immigration team for Kent, said:
‘We’ve had a lot of success targeting firms who employ illegal workers in the Tunbridge Wells area during 2010, but we are gathering intelligence all the time, and more raids are definitely planned for 2011.
‘It is the legal responsibility of all employers to check that employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who don’t can be hit with big fines – up to £10,000 per offender – but if you deliberately employ an illegal worker you could face criminal prosecution.
‘Illegal working undercuts legitimate and law-abiding businesses, and takes jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.’

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which fail to carry out the necessary right-to-work checks on their staff.

The UKBA also quoted Immigration Minister Damian Green as saying: ‘The UK Border Agency has undertaken two major enforcement campaigns to crack down on immigration crime across the country, detaining, prosecuting and removing people and gangs who have been abusing the system through sham marriages, illegal working, people smuggling and document fraud.

`We are making more use of new technology both at the border and inland to enable officers to focus their efforts on people trying to cheat the system.

‘Our proposals to tackle abuse by foreign nationals using student visas to gain work in the UK alongside new plans to toughen up marriage and family routes will, together with the changes already put in place this year, ensure that we bring net migration down to the tens of thousands.

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