In order to combat illegal immigration, the British government blocks migrants’ access to bank accounts, house rentals and their driver’s licenses, among other services.
The country immigration ministerRobert Jenrick, is leading a new task force to ensure “only those who are eligible can work, receive benefits or enter public service”, reports The Telegraph.
“We are delivering on our promise to increase raids on illegal employers: A new enforcement task force will ensure only eligible people can work, access public services and benefits,” Jenrick tweeted on Sunday.
The new initiative will include a 50% increase in immigration enforcement visits to construction sites, car washes and gig economy companies.
The government has already intensified monitoring visits in recent months. Since mid-December, there have been more than 1,150 such visits – a 10% increase – since mid-December, according to The telegraph. This represents approximately 362 arrests.
Jenrick argued that black market jobs harm communities by “deceiving honest workers, endangering the vulnerable and defrauding public funds”, he said.
“Our immigration enforcement teams work around the clock to bring to justice those who violate our laws. Our priority is to crack down on this crime and empower law enforcement to deport those who violate our laws. illegal immigrants,” he said.
“With the support of our new Law Enforcement Task Force, we will go further and faster to prevent the abuse of our laws and borders and to crack down on individuals exploiting the generosity of the UK taxpayer.”