UKBA determined to create hostile environment for illegal immigrants 20th September 2011: Illegal migrants are not safe, even in villages and small towns.
For the UK Border Agency is now zooming in on these areas, in Cornwall in particular, to track down those not legally here.
The UKBA has also claimed it is intensifying enforcement activity to tackle immigration crime and bring individuals to justice.
Earl Aiken, senior investigator, Northern Ireland, UK Border Agency has asserted: ‘The UK Border Agency is intensifying enforcement activity to tackle immigration crime and bring individuals to justice.
‘We are determined to create a hostile environment which makes it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to come to the UK and put down roots’.
Aiken said this after an immigration offender, who had entered the UK with a false Nigerian passport, was jailed for nine months. Collins Kola Ayoola, a 32-year-old Nigerian, living in Ballymena, pleaded guilty to fraud at Downpatrick Crown Court.
‘We are determined to create a hostile environment which makes it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to come to the UK and put down roots,’ he said.
UKBA’s head of the South West local immigration team Kenny Chapman, in a separate statement, asserted: ‘We are out frequently in towns and villages across Cornwall tracking down illegal workers and other immigration offenders.
‘If people want to live or work in the UK, there are ways they can come here legitimately. But if they break the law we will catch up with them.
‘It is the legal responsibility of all businesses to check their staff have the right to work in the UK. Anyone who fails to make these checks could get hit with a big fine.’
The assertion came after five people living or working illegally in the UK were caught as UKBA officers, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, carried out a series of raids in Cornwall.
The UKBA said: `Acting on intelligence received, officers went to Spa Nails, River Street, Truro, at about 4:30pm on 13 September.
`After the documents of staff were checked, a 26-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested after it was found he had entered the UK illegally.
`At 19:00, officers carried out simultaneous raids on Spice Cottage, Commercial Street, Camborne, and Café Spice, Green Lane, Redruth.
`At Spice Cottage, two Bangladeshi men were arrested – one member of staff for entering the UK illegally and the other for staying in the country after his visa expired.
`At Café Spice, a Bangladeshi man was found working illegally in the kitchen.
`He was placed on immigration bail and must report to a local police station while an outstanding immigration application is dealt with. If it is turned down, he will be removed from the UK.
`During a search of accommodation above the restaurant, a Bangladeshi man was arrested after it was found he was in the UK illegally.
`All four men arrested were taken to Newquay and Camborne police stations before being transferred to immigration detention to await deportation.
`The three businesses raided now face civil penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal member of staff they employed’.