In an effort to crack down on illegal immigration, the UK government blocks immigrants’ access to bank accounts, rental homes and their driver’s licences, among other services.
The country’s Immigration Minister, Robert Jenrick, is chairing a new task force to ensure “only those who are eligible can work, receive benefits or access public service,” the Telegraph reported.
“We’re keeping our promise to increase crackdowns on illegal employers: A new enforcement task force will ensure only those who qualify work and have access to public services and benefits,” Jenrick wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
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The new initiative will include a 50% increase in immigration enforcement visits to construction sites, car washes, and gig economy companies.
The government has already stepped up law enforcement visits in recent months. Since mid-December, there have been more than 1,150 such visits – up 10% – since mid-December, according to The Telegraph. This amounts to about 362 arrests.
Jenrick said black market jobs harm communities by “deceiving honest workers, endangering vulnerable people, and defrauding the public treasury.”
“Our law enforcement teams are working around the clock to bring lawbreakers to justice,” he said. “It is our priority to stamp out this crime and enable law enforcement to remove illegal immigrants.”
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“With the support of our new Enforcement Task Force, we will go further and faster to prevent abuse of our laws and borders and crack down on individuals who take advantage of the largesse of UK taxpayers.”