ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COSTING THE TAXPAYER OVER £100M A YEAR – Have you ever noticed that when the Government talks about austerity measures it always revolves around penalizing the British Taxpayer?
The amount of money that the British Government waste each year on issues such as Immigration simply further burdens the taxpayer and there appears to be no end in sight for dealing with illegal immigrants that arrive at our borders.
According to Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, it can cost an eye-watering £25,000 to expel an illegal immigrant from the UK. Figures show that as many as 4,000 illegal immigrants enter the UK every year which puts the bill, for the taxpayers’ at around £100 million. Unfortunately, as Mark Harper points out, simply kicking these people out is not as straight-forward as it should be.
Most illegal immigrants arrive at our fair shores without a passport and claim political asylum which requires the UK, under International Law, EU Law and the Human Rights Act to place them in detention until their fate can be determined by the courts – that’ more money the taxpayer is required to shell out.
So despite these people turning up illegally and being housed and fed, we have to ensure, through the courts, that their human rights are not breached and the result of this debacle is that often than not these people are allowed to stay; which in turn means a nice comfy life through the welfare system, that again the taxpayer is forced to contribute.
Illegal immigrants are not stupid; they are fully aware that eventually the taxpayer will be forced to take care of them. Most that arrive refuse to co-operate with officials and demand legal representation, which is provided for by the UK’s taxpayer funded Legal Aid system.
There is no doubt that some of the illegal immigrants that turn up on our door step require genuine help but there are many more who simply want to enter for a better life at the taxpayers’ expense and the number of criminals and terrorists slipping under the next is at staggering proportions.
The Government does have a number of systems in place in order to deter illegal immigrants, many such measure include penalizing the airlines, who can be fined up to £10,000 per immigrant, however the current measures are not making the slightest dent on the numbers arriving; in fact its growing at an alarming rate.
We really need a change in the law and in a number of areas. For starter no illegal immigrant should be allowed past our Border Controls without providing sound evidence of persecution. Airlines should be fined a minimum of £1m which would spur them into making greater checks before allowing people to fly to the UK.
We also need an expedient system. With the right measure in place, and without court intervention, all illegal immigrants should be processed within 30 days and if found to be nothing more than an economical refugee they should be deported at the Airlines expense of carrying them.
As for those illegal immigrants who refuse to co-operate with Immigration Officials the turn-around should be no more than 24 hours and again the expense of their travel should fall squarely on the shoulders of the Airlines that brought them here.
So as to give my readers an idea of just how bad the current situation is, I include the following. Consider the figures for a moment; the Government report over 4,000 illegal immigrants and its associated cost, however below is just ONE example of the farce that presents itself to the British Taxpayer.
Name: Rashi Ali
Situation: Illegal immigrant who has so far cost the taxpayers over £300,000 since arriving from Morocco. He arrived in Britain in 2004 after ripping up his passport and other identity papers.
In just one year he was in front of the courts for the crime of Theft and was ordered to be deported.
The Moroccan authorities refused to issue Rashid with a new passport and therefore the UK cannot deport him.
In all fairness to Rashid, even after milking us for over £300,000, he has been trying to leave on his own accord, often by stowing away on cargo ships, but only to be detected and sent back to the UK. Currently Rashid is in a detention centre, which costs the taxpayer around £100 a night or £3,000 a month.
Considering this is only ONE person, does anyone honestly think that a liberal immigration policy should be in force or should we, to help save vast sums of taxpayers’ money take affirmative action to deter and deport illegal immigrants?