UKBA carrying out `intense period of enforcement activity over summer’
26th July 2010: The Government has entrusted the UK Border Agency with the task of `carrying out an intense period of enforcement activity over the summer’ to check illegal immigration to the UK.
The Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has asserted: ‘The Government has tasked the UK Border Agency with carrying out an intense period of enforcement activity over the summer. We are determined to make it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to come to the UK.
‘Illegal immigration puts pressure on public services, local communities and legitimate businesses at a time when this country cannot afford it.
‘That’s why the UK Border Agency is working to cut out illegal employment, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised traffickers, being used by foreign nationals to try and stay in the UK illegally’
The assertion came soon after 10 illegal workers from India were arrested during coordinated raids on premises operated by a West London food firm.
The enforcement visit was part of planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.
Acting on a tip off, officers from the agency went to three sites operated by Chhappan Bhog on Thursday 22 July.
After officers checked the immigration status of staff, four arrests were made at a factory on Bridge Road in Southall, three at a shop on Broadway, also in Southall, and a further three at another shop on Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury.
One employee tried to flee the scene, but was caught by officers covering exits.
None of the 10 men and women aged between 25 and 55 had the right to work in the UK. Steps are now being taken to remove them from the country.
Chhappan Bhog now faces a fine of up to £100,000 a maximum of £10,000 for each person caught working illegally, if employers are unable to prove they carried out the correct right-to-work checks.
This is the second time the company has been visited by the UK Border Agency. A previous raid resulted in four arrests and another fine for Chhappan Bhog.