Yesterday, yet again, we saw headline news being made by a shocking tale of incompetence and mismanagement by the UK Border Agency, the body set up in 2008 to control immigration to this country.
The backlog of cases piled up in the agency’s labyrinthine system, we are told, amounts to 276,000, equivalent to the population of Newcastle. Most of the migrants are here illegally and should have been sent home years ago.
They include 150,000 foreign workers and students still in Britain even though they were refused extensions to their visas; 101,000 untraced ‘asylum seekers’ left over from when 450,000 ‘forgotten files’ were discovered in 2005; and 3,900 foreign offenders released by the courts to protect their human rights.
Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, calls the Border Agency ‘a Bermuda triangle’ for immigrants who find it easy enough to get into Britain from anywhere in the world, but then vanish off the radar because there is no way of tracing them, let alone deporting them because they entered illegally or have broken our laws.
Scandals surrounding our immigration policy are so commonplace that we all accept it is completely out of control.
MPs like Mr Vaz — whose committee is so exasperated it is now reporting on the Border Agency’s performance every three months — regularly jump up and down asking for something to be done.
- UKBA faces 275,000 case backlog (standard.co.uk)
- MPs criticise border agency over ‘Bermuda Triangle’ backlog (guardian.co.uk)
- Border Agency backlog ‘equal to size of Newcastle’ (independent.co.uk)
- Migrants in UK ‘Bermuda Triangle’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Criminals In UKBA’s Backlog Of 275,000 Cases (news.sky.com)