The Tories have failed to crack down on illegal immigration

Under this government 45 per cent fewer employers have been issued with fines for employing illegal immigrants


Today Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s shadow home secretary, will set out how a Labour government could do more to strengthen Britain’s borders. Labour accuse the Conservatives of failing to support border staff in the fight against illegal immigration.

Under this government there have been fewer drugs seizures, fewer people turned away at the border and fewer enforced removals, despite Cameron’s tough rhetoric on immigration. 45 per cent fewer employers have been issued with fines and 88 per cent fewer have faced prison sentences for employing illegal immigrants.

Ms Cooper is expected to outline Labour’s plan to recruit an additional 1,000 border staff, paid for by levying a charge on non-visa visitors to the UK, to help enforce immigration rules. She will also describe Labour’s plans to increase the fine for employing illegal migrants by a third to at least £30,000, and introduce an escalator system for more serious offences, meaning that serial offenders would face even higher fines.

There were almost 2000 fewer enforced immigration removals from the UK this year than in the comparable period under the last Labour government – from 15,252 in 2009 to 13,313 in 2013. The number of people stopped at the border and subsequently returned has gone down from 26,378 in 2009/10 to 14,473 in 2013/14.

In 2009/10, 2,254 were issued with civil penalties for knowingly employing illegal immigrants; in 2013/14 it had gone down to 2,090. The previous year it had slumped to just 1,247.

On Thursday night Jeremy Paxman accused the prime minister of failing to fulfil his promises on immigration targets, which Cameron was forced to concede.

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow her on Twitter

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23 Responses to “The Tories have failed to crack down on illegal immigration”

  1. Leon Wolfeson

    “paid for by levying a charge on non-visa visitors to the UK”

    So even more barriers to tourism and business visitors. It’ll probably cost us dozens, at least, as much as it brings in because of the already high cost for coming here.

    Moreover, highly illegal to do that to anyone from the EU. Four Freedoms, remember?

  2. Charlie

    Racists! Facists! Bigots! Oh, wait, sorry, that’s all mud that can only be slung when it’s others who mention anything to do with immigration.

  3. billericaydickie

    This article makes no sense in a Labour supporting blog. It’s simply writing something for the sake of it. I expect Lucy to be accusing the Tories of spending too much on foreign aid which could more usefully go on defense. I’m serious! She’s verging in that direction.

  4. Guest

    So, you name your ideologies. And then try and deny them.
    As you immediately plunge into about how scared you are about the Other!

  5. CGR

    We need proper points based immigration and visa controls for ALL those who want to come here to work.

  6. damon

    This is a rather odd piece for this blog.
    It looks like you can be dammed whatever you do about immigration.
    Try to enforce rules and you get called racist, and then criticism like this.
    People who don’t want to leave the country, even when told to have a few options open to them, even if they are stuck inside a deportation ”prison” like Harmondsworth or Yarl’s Wood.
    You can cause trouble, self harm, cry racism etc, and you will help your cause.
    Even if they try to physically stick you on an aeroplane, you can still resist and shout, and they may back off or the captain of the plane may refuse to take a struggling prisoner/passenger.

  7. AlanGiles

    I think this is what they call “dog whistle” politics. Either that or desperate guff.

  8. dan0lee

    What would Nigel Farage do about the exploited illegal immigrants already here
    – the ones he wants everyone to blame for stealing jobs and driving down wages? Not a lot would be my guess.

    If Labour’s plans are put into action they will go some way to reducing immigration and ensuring more jobs for Brits.

  9. Guest

    “Try to enforce rules and you get called racist”

    Keep making up nonsense whining.
    And thanks for describing your actions. Clearly. Go home!

  10. Guest

    So we have too much trade, and you need to block the 99%. Can’t allow tourism and business visitors either.

    ALL gotta be stopped. For your beloved isolation.

  11. damon

    If UKIP talk about deporting people, everyone goes mental.
    Yet Tories and Labour do it all the time.
    Obama has deported tens of thousands.

  12. Guest

    No, Obama, Tories and Labour have not deported citizens.
    Neither have they done so on the basis of skin colour or faith.

    Your plans are quite different.

  13. Leon Wolfeson

    So. Less paying students. Less tourists, less business visitors. A hostile climate for business, so less investment.

    “More jobs”, you make this out to be. Additional charges are the last thing we need, they’re a tax on people coming here to spend money, many of whom will then go elsewhere – we already have very high charges, and we’re not part of Schengen, which covers far more for less money!

    It’s standard right wing border thinking.

  14. billericaydickie

    Dog whistle is a favourite phrase of the loony left. Jon Lansman at the increasingly strange Left Futures used to use it to describe the actions of people who questioned the goings on of Lutfur Rahman and the Islamic State of Tower Hamlets. He has been quiet of late.

  15. billericaydickie

    I agree damon but if you look at the writer’s turn out over all it is very much writing for the sake of writing.

  16. Guest

    It’s a phrase which is from the made-up men on your mind. As you call people outside your ideology as odd, and as you try to call for destroying large parts of London. And of a man who, while not nice, is evidently far nicer than you.

  17. Guest

    You agree with your other far right buddies, as you demand that facts not be facts because they’re uncomfortable for you.

  18. damon

    Moron, I don’t support anyone getting deported.
    Even illegal immigrants. Let everyone come, I don’t really care.

  19. damon

    I don’t really see the point in the website really. They write some pretty off the wall, above the line pieces, and then just don’t comment further. Leaving it free for caricatures like Leon/Guest to crap all over any comments that are left here.

  20. Guest

    So, you’re that sort of bigot too, unsurprising.

    And you support murdering people, I tend to forget that and accidentally assume you are not THAT nasty. my bad.

  21. Guest

    “JEWS R caricatures” “JEWS CRAP”

    It’s you, Lord Blagger, as you try and demand censorship of a site you object to, as you come here to post things like you support for genocide.

    It’s always the Jews for you, of course.

  22. damon

    They’ve been talking about mental illness a bit lately.
    You’re a bit bonkers I think Leon.
    You probably can’t help it.

  23. Guest


    Says you, Lord Blagger, on several of your accounts. You don’t think, you just chant Jewhate.

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