The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has arrested and deported an illegal immigrant on his wedding day last week.
There were no “many happy returns” from the UKBA as officers arrested the 29 year Jamaican minutes before he was due to marry his British fiancée on Friday 3 July at Birmingham Register Office.
The illegal immigrant, who was living in Birmingham, had overstayed his visitor’s visa. Acting on “intelligence”, immigration officers arrested him outside the Register Office on Holliday Street before the ceremony could take place.
The man was then taken to an immigration detention centre where he remained until being returned to Jamaica today.
The UKBA removes an illegal immigrant from the UK every eight minutes.
It is estimated that between 600,000 and 1,000,000 people are illegally in the UK of which around 440,000 are thought to be in London.
Successive Ministers have rejected calls for any form of amnesty and the current Border and Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, had said that London Mayor Boris Johnson’s call for an amnesty was “naive” and would lead to more trafficking of people.
Leading think tank, ippr, said it would it would take at least 20 years to find and remove half a million illegal immigrants.
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