Thursday, 24 March 2016

Border controls failing due to lack of staff

We do not need more border controls. The UK already has the strictest immigration legislation in western Europe. Indeed, we Liberal Democrats believe it is draconian and runs counter to natural justice in several areas.

What is needed is more staff and more expertise, as today's BBC report emphasises. Lack of staff to see deportees out of the country and to keep track of over-staying students is a major factor. The government clearly runs scared of the Daily Mail and its ilk protesting any increase in the civil service. The administration should impress on its critics that if they will the end they must also will the means.

Meanwhile, the Home Office seeks to bump up its expulsion figures by illegal means.

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