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Theresa May Reveals UK Border Agency To Be Broken Up After Revelations Of Lax Immigration Checks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is to be broken up after further revelations of relaxations of checks on immigrants to Britain, Theresa May has told the Commons on Monday afternoon.

The UK Border Force – which physically runs the checks on travellers at airports and Eurostar terminals – will be split from the UKBA, because Theresa May believes managing all the operations is “too great for one organisation.”

The decision, which comes into effect on the 1st of March, is likely to cause a significant shakeup to the policing of Britain’s borders. Theresa May told MPs: “Many of the changes I’ve outlined cannot happen overnight. They will take time, but we will make them as quickly as possible.”

The decision comes in the wake of a report by John Vine, the independent inspector of the UK Border Agency, who was called in to investigate the lapses in passport checks which led to the resignation of Brodie Clark. The former head of the UK Border Force was accused of exceeding the terms of a pilot scheme over the summer, which reduced some checks on passengers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Damian Green: We Only Want The ‘Brightest And Best’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 2, 2012

Immigrants must “add to the quality of life in Britain” to be let in, the Immigration Minister will say on Thursday.

Damian Green will say Britain does not need more middle managers or unskilled labour and only wants the “brightest and the best” migrants as the Government strives to be more selective in its immigration policies.

It is time to move away from the debate over numbers and ask “how we can benefit from immigration”, he will claim.

The government has pledged to cut net migration from the current 242,000 to the “tens of thousands” last seen in the 1990s, with crackdowns on forced and sham marriages, bogus students and an annual cap on immigrants coming from outside the EU.

The Immigration Minister will say that bringing in any migrants who would be economically dependent on the state or who can “play no role in the life of this country” is unacceptable.

Instead “everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution”, he will say.

And new specialist routes will be developed further to improve the visa system for short-term business visitors and entertainers, encouraging world-class performers to come to Britain. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK Border Agency ‘Failed To Deport 5,000 Foreign Convicts’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 27, 2011

Over democracy Vs crime:

More than 5,000 foreign criminals who should have been deported remain in the UK, the government has been warned.

A report published on Thursday by John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), found that there had been a “sharp rise” in the number of foreign national prisoners whom the Agency had not deported.

“These cases cannot be ignored and represent a growing cost to the taxpayer,” he said. “More must be done to actively manage these cases.”

The study found that 3,775 former foreign national prisoners had been released from custody, as there was no prospect of them being deported and were living in the community.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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