The UN Border Agency has announced that eight men have been charged with offences under the Identity Cards Act 2006 after being caught working illegally at the Media City site.
The men were arrested during a UK Border Agency raid at Connolly Construction Facilities, Media City, 111 Broadway, Salford M50 2EQ at 0930 on Monday 14 September.
They were subsequently charged under the Identity Cards Act for using false documents to gain employment, and were remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on 15 September 2009.
The men, found working as labourers on the site, were of various nationalities and ages and included one Gambian, four Ethiopians and three Eritreans.
The Border Agency said that the operation went ahead with the co-operation of the construction company, which will face no further action over the arrests.
Commenting on the arrests, UK Border Agency Regional Director for the North West, Eddy Montgomery, said:
‘Foreign nationals must obey the laws of this country in the same way as everybody else, and those who have committed criminal offences here are therefore subject to the same legal processes as anyone else in the UK.
‘Anyone breaking the law, irrespective of whether they are a British citizen or a foreign national, can expect prosecution and, where appropriate, a custodial sentence.’
Source: UK Border Agency
Immigration Matters Comment
The announcement follows earlier reports this week that a number of workers were arrested at a car wash.
Whilst these raids create great headlines, the reality is that the UK Border Agency is fighting a losing battle against illegal immigration.
All the hard work of the UKBA and the arrest of a few people here and there will have little effect on the estimated 500,000 – 750,000 illegal workers in the UK, which leading think tank, ippr, says will take 20 years to remove at a cost of £5 billion.
Until the government decides to ‘grasp the nettle’ and come up with more radical proposals for a regularisation programme the problem will not be solved.
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