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Julian Huppert MP writes… Improving on the UK Border Agency

On Monday the Home Affairs Select Committee published yet another damning report of the UK Border Agency. We found that, in addition to the half million undetermined immigration and asylum cases, UKBA were failing to deal with new immigration cases.

It is no wonder that immigration is consistently identified as one of the biggest issues facing the UK if the Agency established by Labour cannot tell us who is in the country, who should be here and who should not.

The backlog started in the 90s, but in response Labour put the whole border control operation at arm’s length. …

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Opinion: We must prevent another immigration “legacy”

Is there an amnesty for illegal immigrants? Keith Vaz seems determined to prove that there is, although so far without success. But the reality behind the bluster is rather more serious.

In 2007 the Home Office ‘found’ (or so the apocryphal tale goes) 500,000 asylum cases which had not been dealt with, ‘lying around’ in a room in the depths of Lunar House, Croydon.  This backlog was termed the ‘legacy’ of unresolved asylum cases.

A new department was set up and given the grisly task of looking at and resolving these cases, some of which had been untouched for over 10 years. …

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Opinion: Immigration service must do more to protect human dignity

The UK Border Agency’s recent decision to hire G4S and Serco to deliver the housing scheme for asylum seekers is not only a bad one in its own right. It is symptomatic of the deep inadequacy of an organisation that exists purely to deal with people, but which lacks the same standards and people-focused ethos we expect of other organisations responsible for looking after human beings.

Last week we discovered that asylum seekers in the Midlands have had their doors painted red by the company responsible for housing and accommodating them, G4S. G4S did not think this would be a problem. …

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 19th Apr - 11:38am
    BigMac - Sadly the argument using the 75% of the manifesto delivered as a measure of our success has been comprehensively debunked many times since...
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    Slightly off topic, but too many people see disagreeing with the leadership's management of the coalition with disagreeing with the necessity of it. I think...
  • User Avatarexpats 19th Apr - 11:06am
    BigMak 19th Apr '15 - 9:46am........Now we have according to an independent review had 75% of our 2010 manifesto enacted…. And that attitude, dear reader,...
  • User AvatarSteve Way 19th Apr - 11:03am
    @Phillip Thomas That would be dishonest, at the moment I teeter between Lib Dem and deliberately spoilt ballot...I will consider donating to Charles though Caron..
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    Sesenco 18th Apr '15 - 10:49pm ........The Labourites who never tire of telling us how much they hate us, some of them are going to...
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    BigMak I disagree totally. The LibDems would have won at least as many seats in 2010 with CK as leader and then could have joined...
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