More illegal immigrants have been working at some of the most sensitive Government offices in the country – including the headquarters of the UK Border Agency – a Mail on Sunday investigation has discovered.
Following enquiries, the Home Office admitted employing a dozen illegal foreign staff over the past four years – 11 Nigerians and a Ghanaian.
Ten of them secured cleaning jobs at Becket House, the headquarters of the UK Border Agency, which vets immigrants. The building in Croydon, South London, also serves as an immigration detention centre, holding up to 270 people awaiting deportation.
Two other illegal immigrants worked at the Whitehall headquarters of the Home Office, which houses the office of Home Secretary Alan Johnson. One was a chef in the canteen, while the other worked as a security guard on the front door for 19 months.
The Home Office headquarters is regarded as one of Britain’s most high-profile terrorist targets and receives round-the-clock police protection.
Eight of the 12 have since been deported, three are detained pending appeals and one was later granted leave to remain in the country.
The embarrassing disclosures come despite repeated pledges by Labour to crack down on illegal immigration.
Using Freedom of Information legislation, The Mail on Sunday contacted each Government department, council and hospital in Britain for details of employees later discovered to be illegal immigrants since 2006.
Three Government departments, 34 local authorities and 54 NHS trusts admitted hiring a total of 349 unlawful foreign workers. The list featured 37 nationalities, including migrants from Kazakhstan, Zambia and Venezuela.
Disturbingly, several bogus entrants managed to secure jobs in sensitive positions. Councils admitted hiring six illegal immigrants as teachers in secondary schools and ten got jobs as social and care workers, working with some of the most vulnerable in society.
Health trusts revealed four became doctors and 13 secured nursing work in NHS hospitals.
Many councils and health trusts admitted that some fraudulent workers vanished when questioned about their immigration status.
Source: Mail on Sunday
This revelation will be particularly embarrassing for the Government at a time when the UK Border Agency are handing out a record number of fines to businesses which employ illegal immigrants.
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