UKBA: “The key to shutting down illegal immigration is to shut down illegal jobs” 9th February 2009: Felixstowe’s UK Border Agency officers arrested more than 500 illegal immigrants last year, Eadt.co.uk has reported.
The officers raided 168 business and residential properties and arrested some 565 illegals in Suffolk and north Essex.
A spokesman for the UKBA in Felixstowe said its officers raided 50 businesses and 42 private addresses in Suffolk last year.
Eadt.co.uk quoted a UKBA spokesperson to have said: “Britain now has one of the toughest borders in the world and we will not tolerate anyone who seeks to abuse the system.
“State-of-the-art technology such as carbon dioxide and heartbeat detectors and moving our border controls to France means we can turn people away before they even step foot on British soil. By the end of last year we had detected 28,007 attempts to enter the UK illegally – 56 per cent more than the previous year.
“The key to shutting down illegal immigration is to shut down illegal jobs. That’s why employers who don’t play by the rules face tough new fines and could lose the right to recruit staff from outside Europe.
“Since we introduced this tough new civil penalties’ regime last year we have issued over 1,000 fines worth more than £10 million.”