UKBA launches series of operations to tackle immigration offences 26th October 2010: Immigration offenders in Gwent are in big trouble.
For the UK Border Agency has launched a series of operations to tackle immigration offences in Gwent. More are planned.
The assertion came after 18 immigration offenders were found at businesses across Gwent following a week of raids by the UKBA officers.
David Griffiths, head of Gwent local immigration team, said: ‘As this successful series of enforcement visits across Gwent shows, we are committed to tracking down immigration offenders wherever they are.
‘Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work. Businesses which operate outside the law should be warned that they will be found out.
‘These are the latest in a series of operations we’ve carried out to tackle immigration offences in Gwent and more are planned.’
The enforcement visits were carried out at seven businesses in Newport, Abergavenny and Abertillery; and were based on intelligence received of illegal working.
The UKBA said: `Our officers have served all seven businesses civil penalty notices for the immigration offenders, who were seen working at each address.
`If the employer fails to provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the offenders, a fine of up to £10,000 for illegal worker will be imposed’.