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May “made too far too fast cuts” to UKBA, says Bryant

Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of not having workable policies to meet her target on net migration.

Reacting to Ms. May’s speech on the immigration changes, Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister said “she needs to get a grip; of the UKBA, of the UK Border Force but most of all of her failing policies.”

Mr. Bryant welcomed the expansion of face-to-face interviews for student visa applicants.

“It is right that these checks are in place to discover bogus students, while ensuring legitimate students are not put off from coming here,” Mr. Bryant said.

He however pointed out that the “Home Secretary has questions to answer on how her severe cuts and redundancies have hamstrung our border services. She made too far too fast cuts to thousands of staff without thinking of the consequences and must now re-employ them to carry out these checks.”

Mr. Bryant attributed to the cuts the “long queues at airports, breaches of security and a continued low quality of service from the UK Border Agency.”

He observed that the Ms. May hasn’t been able to recruit the person to run the UK Border Force full-time.
 

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