A number of illegal immigrants have been arrested this week for illegally working and their employers fined £100,000 following raids by the UK Border Agency.
Nine Indians were arrested recently in Leicester, where the three companies were based. The UK Border Agency released details of the raids and warned other companies that it would continue to carry out unannounced checks.
During the raid on one of the companies, Fashion Fair, officers sealed all the exits and questioned the workers. Two Indians, aged 33 and 46 were arrested. One had come to the UK illegally, while the other was working in breach of his visa conditions.
At the same time, Impress Clothing was raided and three men who tried to run away were arrested. There was a 27-year-old man from India with a false Bulgarian passport and two other Indians, aged 26 and 56, who were found to be failed asylum-seekers.
UK Border Agency staff also raided Pizza Pan Takeaway and detained five illegal immigrants.
Gail Adams, regional director of the UK Border Agency, said:
“Employers who don’t play by the rules will get struck off our register, lose the right to recruit staff from outside Europe, face on-the-spot fines and could potentially end up in jail”.
The Government has continued to step up raids and crack downs on employers in a bid to reduce the estimated half a million illegal immigrants currently in the UK.
Hundreds of compliance officers have been employed to target businesses deliberately or unwittingly employing illegal workers, which the Home Office see as part of the problem.
Employers hiring workers without the correct permission to work in the UK face civil penalties of up to £10,000 per person.
Employers wishing to recruit overseas workers legally should register as sponsors under Tier 2 of the Points Based System, which replaced the Work Permit regime last November.
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