During the BIG non story about sex scandals in Westminster the government quietly announced that of 80,000 foreign nationals scheduled for deportation around 56,000 were considered as absconders having failed to check in regularly with officials.
The situation was revealed by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt and means their “whereabouts are unknown and all mandatory procedures to re-establish contact with them have failed”. It was also noted that that there is “little evidence” the authorities are taking any action to locate the vast majority of these individuals.
We are aghast that these migrants together with foreign national offenders (FNOs), of which there are 700, have been released and free to mix in the local community while waiting for the government to deport them. We are not surprised so many have absconded since, apart from being deported, little more can happen to them.
Reports also indicate there may be a somewhat lax attitude towards monitoring, however, noting one case where a foreign criminal missed 19 appointments in a row before any action was taken.
A similar situation is also being experienced by other EU Countries as the Human Rights Legislation prevents these people being detain while awaiting deportation. Hungary’s attempts to ensure all asylum seekers are detained while their claims are processed is being subject to heavy legal and political pressure from Brussels.
Amber Rudd is failing in her responsibilities and needs to be to held to account just like Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke was forced to resign after it emerged that some 1,023 foreign criminals who should have been considered for deportation were released from prison and into the community back in 2006 — following heavy criticism from Tory opposition politicians like David Davis, who now sits in Cabinet.
We believe the Labour Party should now hold Amber Rudd to account on this and press for her resignation just as the Tory Party forced Charles Clarke to resign in 2006.