Duncan Lewis


Asylum, Detention/ Fast Track

Managed Migration, Public Law

Thousands of illegal immigrants being released to protect their human rights

Date: (31 May 2012)    |    

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Several hundreds of illegal immigrants who are caught by the authorities are being release again to protect their human rights. And one in every six of those being enlarged on bail later abscond forcing the authorities to spend huge sums in catching them a second time.
The figures with internal Home Office showed that last year itself 277 of the 1,665 detained immigrants who were let off on bail later absconded.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said that efforts to deport illegal immigrants inevitably took a fair amount of time.
The courts should consider these facts before releasing so many detainees on bail, especially when the chances to abscond were greater.
When trying to deport an illegal immigrant, officials can either start legal proceedings or, in some cases, offer people bribes to go home.
The detained immigrants could then only be held in immigration centres if there was a good chance of them being imminently deported.
At the same time, many take refuge under the Article 8 of the Human Rights Act which gives the person the right to family and private life, meaning courts are forced to let them go pending appeals.
Other problems were locating of documents to identify where immigrants were from, making it impossible to send them home. In many cases, documents are destroyed deliberately.
Home Office officials have grown so frustrated they are planning a new enforcement strategy to keep tabs on illegal immigrants granted bail.
Among the measures, officials plan to make compliance visits to immigrants’ last known address.
Their details will also be circulated on the police national computer and there will be targeted tracing and consideration of prosecution.
Leaked papers have revealed how released foreign criminals on immigration bail have committed a string of violent crimes – including three murders, three kidnappings and 14 sexual offences, including rape.
This month it also emerged that, of the 1,103 foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation, only 399 have been deported six years on.