UK crackdown on illegal immigration: block bank accounts, housing rents, and driver’s licenses

In order to combat illegal immigration, the United Kingdom government is restricting migrants’ access to bank accounts, housing rents, and driver’s licenses, among other things.

This is a similar approach the United Arab Emirates is using against Nigerians; they randomly approve very few visa applications. Assume that 5 out of 100 visa applications are approved. It is a shame that the UAE governments accept and receive payment for visas they will not process.

The country’s immigration minister, Robert Jenrick, is heading a new taskforce to ensure that “only those eligible can work, receive benefits or access to public service,” The Telegraph reports.

“We’re delivering on our promise to increase raids on illegal employers: a new Enforcement Taskforce will ensure only those eligible can work, access public services and benefits,” Jenrick tweeted 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 firms.

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The government has already been ramping up enforcement visits in recent months. Since mid-December, there have been more than 1,150 such visits – a 10% increase – since mid-December, according to The Telegraph. This amounts to about 362 arrests.

Robert Jenrick has stated that illegal occupations hurt society because they deprive “honest employees of employment,” endanger the most helpless members of society, and steal from the government purse.

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“Our Immigration Enforcement teams are working round the clock to bring those violating our laws to justice. It’s our priority to crack down on this crime and empower law enforcement to remove illegal migrants,” he said.

“With support from our new enforcement taskforce, we will go further and faster to prevent the abuse of our laws and borders and crack down on individuals exploiting the generosity of the UK taxpayer.”

It is one thing to apply for and receive a visa; it is quite another to obtain the correct visa that will allow you to lawfully reside in and work within any country.