Home Secretary Theresa May’s management of the UK Border Agency has once again been condemned by the Independent Chief Inspector John Vine “for inconsistency, inaccuracy and delay and for not even having a policy to deal with a backlog of 14,000 immigration cases,” Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, has said.
The backlog of immigration cases has been growing by 700 cases a month under this Government, Mr. Bryant said.
“In recent months we have learnt of files left unopened, letters left unanswered, hundreds of original decisions being overturned on appeal and applicants coming to Britain who did not prove they could support themselves. It all adds up to delay, confusion and a massive waste of taxpayers’ money,” Mr. Bryant said.
He criticised the Tory-led Government for deporting fewer people who have broken immigration rules. “Fewer foreign national prisoners are being removed, fewer people are being stopped at our borders, and security checks have been dropped on asylum seekers the Agency says cannot be traced. The gap between what this Government says and what it does is growing ever larger,” Mr. Bryant said.