Friday, June 20, 2008
We have ICE raids in the U.S. The UK has immigration raids as well, in this case, focused on alleged bogus colleges. The Independent reports:
Police and immigration officers swooped to close down a massive immigration racket today with a series of dramatic raids on bent solicitors and bogus colleges.
But the operation - part of a new Home Office crackdown on immigration offenders - was marred by a break-out at an immigration detention centre.
The embarrassing security breach at the Campsfield detention centre in Oxfordshire led to seven escapes, three of whom were later re-captured.
Four men who were facing deportation are still being hunted by Thames Valley Police, the Prison Service and officials from the private security firm which runs the centre.
In today's wave of early morning raids, the police arrested at least eight men and women linked with companies they believe helped illegal immigrants to settle in the UK.
Officials believe the firm of solicitors at the centre of the inquiry was issuing false education certificates to immigrants.
The illegals would then "enrol" at one of four bogus colleges across the capital and fraudulently apply for student visas.
The operation involved nearly 80 police officers and immigration officials. Click here for the rest of the story.