White collar professionals abusing immigration law on UKBA radar

UKBA stepping up efforts to abuse of immigration law 15th November 2010: After the `success of a major crackdown on immigration crime during the summer’, the UK Border Agency is stepping up its efforts to check illegal activities of white collar professionals, along with others seeking to abuse immigration law.
The assertion by immigration minister Damian Green came soon after five immigration offenders were caught by the UK Border Agency following a series of raids at restaurants and takeaways across Lancashire.

The enforcement operations were carried out as part of a nationwide campaign to tackle immigration crime.

Green said: ‘Operations like these conducted in Lancashire are being carried out across the country following the success of a major crackdown on immigration crime during the summer, which generated a large number of arrests, cash seizures and prosecutions as well as fresh intelligence.

‘The UK Border Agency is stepping up its efforts to further disrupt the activities of people involved in facilitating immigration crime, including white collar professionals who seek to abuse immigration law. Our officers are also working with other law enforcement agencies to root out criminal networks behind the importation of illegal drugs and firearms.

‘Illegal immigration puts huge pressure on the public purse at a time when the country can least afford it. Together with the police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, we will continue to make life as difficult as possible for those who cheat the immigration system.’

UKBA operations director in the North West Eddy Montgomery said: ‘This is the latest in a series of operations we’ve carried out to tackle immigration crime in Lancashire, and more are planned.

‘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 and they will be punished.’

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