We have so many illegal immigrants in the UK a blind man could find one.
Officers from Home Office immigration enforcement and Essex Police interrupted a wedding between a Portuguese woman and a Pakistani man shortly before the 14:30 ceremony was due to take place at the Station Road register office on 3rd April 2013.
Wahab Khalid, a 23-year-old Pakistani man, and Salome Almeida, a 22-year-old Portuguese woman, appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Friday (5th April 2013) charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK’s immigration laws.
Khalid, of The Drive, Hounslow, was additionally charged with seeking to avoid enforcement action by deception and Almeida, of no fixed address, with perjury. Neither entered a plea and both were remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 23rd April 2013. The 23rd eh, St George’s Day the England flag will be flying from the Weller residence that day. A second Portuguese woman, Fabiana Baptista, 22, appeared at the same court charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK’s immigration laws. Baptista, of no fixed address, entered a plea of not guilty, was remanded and will next appear at Colchester Magistrates Court yesterday 11th April.
Here’s another sham marriage stopped, this time in Oxford.
Officers from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team and Thames Valley Police attended Oxford Register Office on Tidmarsh Lane at around 11:00 on Friday 5th April 2013.
They arrested a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man who was in the country illegally having over-stayed his visa. He was detained and now faces removal from the UK. His would-be bride, a 24-year-old Polish woman, was questioned by officers and later released.
A sham marriage that was successful
Two men were sentenced to jail terms for immigration offences at Laganside Crown Court on Tuesday 9th April 2013. Thaddeus Alexander Jusick, a 62-year-old Polish man with an address in south Belfast was sentenced to six months for assisting unlawful immigration. Jusick had married Xiu Hua Wei, a 50-year-old Chinese woman, in a sham marriage in Ireland in October 2008. Jusick who has an outstanding European arrest warrant on him for deception charges will be removed to Poland when his sentence is served. Really, I’ve heard that before, he’ll still be here in a decades time.
Kwok Yan Ho, 47, a British citizen who is a restaurant owner from Glenavy, was also sentenced to 6 months in jail for the same offence. He had provided documents falsely showing that Wei worked for him. Wei who was also due to appear on immigration charges failed to do so and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. I wonder if she’s one of the 100’s that are given immigration bail?
Hiding away in houses
Six people have been arrested after Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers raided a house in Hayes. Acting on intelligence, officers visited the property on Cranford Park Road at around 07:00 on Friday 5th April 2013, where they carried out immigration checks on those there. Four Indian nationals, three men and a woman all aged between 23 and 37, were arrested for over-staying their visas. They were all detained pending their removal from the UK. Two other Indian men, aged 28 and 33, were arrested for entering the UK illegally. They were granted immigration bail to find another house to congregate in.
Here’s some more
Two illegal immigrants from Vietnam have been arrested following raids in Totton and Basingstoke. Acting on intelligence, Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited the residential addresses on Tuesday 9th April 2013. They entered the first address at Huntingdon Close, Totton, at 06:45 where they arrested a 27-year-old man. Officers then went to a house in Stukeley Road, Basingstoke, at 08:55 and arrested a 23-year-old man.
Both men had entered the country illegally and are currently in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.
Finally, caught working illegally
Four people have been arrested after Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers raided a restaurant in Leatherhead. Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Lal Akash restaurant on Leatherhead High Street at around 14:00 on Monday 8th April 2013, where they carried out immigration checks on the six members of staff working there. Five were found to have no right to work in the UK.
Four Bangladeshi men aged between 23 and 52 were arrested for over-staying their visas. They were all detained pending their removal from the UK.
A fifth Bangladeshi man, aged 32, who had an outstanding case with the Home Office, was escorted from the premises as he also had no right to work. He will have to report to the Home Office on a regular basis while his case is decided and will face removal.