Tory border chaos: Massive drop in employers fined or imprisoned for employing illegal workers

The Tories have failed to support the vital work border staff do to tackle illegal immigration says Labour.

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, will today set out how a Labour Government will do more to strengthen Britain's borders, taking action to support port authorities and border staff to tackle illegal immigration, people trafficking and smuggling.

Labour says that:

• Tory failure has led to drugs seizures going down, fewer people being turned away at the border and fewer enforced removals

Passport• With their failed plan in-country enforcement has got worse, with 45 per cent fewer employers being issued with fines and 88 per cent fewer facing prison sentences for employing illegal immigrants

• Labour has a better 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 and clampdown on illegal immigration.

• A Labour Government will increase fines for employing illegal migrants to at least £30,000 (a one third increase on the current fine) and introduce an escalator for serious offences, so those who employ a high number of illegal immigrants or who are serial offenders will face significantly higher fines.

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, will say:

"The Tories have failed to tackle illegal immigration, because it never counted towards their flagship net migration target, which now lies in tatters.

"These figures show the Government is deporting fewer illegal immigrants and seizing fewer illegal drugs. They are also letting more dodgy firms get away with breaking the rules for profit, employing people illegally and exploiting them to undercut local jobs and wages. It's unfair on everyone – the port authorities and border staff working hard to keep our country safe, responsible businesses who employ people on a fair wage and communities across the country as local jobs and wages are undercut.

"Labour has a better plan, we will recruit an additional 1,000 border force staff – funded by introducing a small fee for non-visa visitors to the UK – to ensure immigration rules are enforced and the system is fair. We will also significantly increase fines for employing illegal immigrants, make exploitation a crime, and increase enforcement checks – helped by the additional 1,000 border force staff, we will recruit by introducing a small fee for non-visa visitors to the UK."

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