5,000 Foreign Convicts Not Deported

People, October 27, 2011

More than 5,000 foreign criminals who should have been deported remain in the UK, including almost 4,000 who are free on the streets, figures showed.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) must reduce the number of its decisions which are overturned, mainly because of human rights claims, and end the cycle of appeals which bump up the cost to the taxpayer but still fail to see the offender deported, inspectors said.

But the warning comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said she wants to change the rules which prevent foreign inmates from being deported once they have served their prison sentence because it would breach their human rights.

The real problem lay with the way the British courts interpreted the law, she said, adding that the right to a family life was not “absolute” and could not be allowed to “drive a coach and horses through our immigration system”.

John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the UKBA, said the number of foreign criminals who are not deported or cannot be deported at the end of their sentence, was increasing. “More must be done to actively manage these cases–they represent a growing cost to the taxpayer and cannot be ignored,” he said.

Inspectors found a total of 3,775 former foreign national prisoners who should have been deported had been released from custody and were living in the community.

More than 1,600 others remained in detention, having completed their prison sentence. A further 12 are missing after either being released directly from court or referred incorrectly, he said.

The report found “significant disparity” between the UKBA’s and the courts’ interpretation of whether a foreign prisoner should be able to remain in the UK on human rights grounds.

A total of 425 cases had been overturned, “the overwhelming majority on human rights grounds”, compared with just 151 cases in which the offenders had been granted permission to stay in the first instance. In all, a third of the appeals against deportation lodged by foreign prisoners in the 12 months to February were successful, the figures showed.

Foreign prisoners were also being held for longer, up to 190 days in January from 143 days in February 2010, and one in four who were held after the end of their jail term had been detained for longer than a year.

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  • Zach Sowers

    Why can’t the native Brits stand up for their own “Human Rights?” ‘Human rights’ is doublespeak for parasitic ‘Alien Rights’ at the expense of the ‘host’ land.

  • Anonymous

    Britain never coddled the Nationalist Irish that wanted England out of Ireland, so why the coddling of these black and brown criminals?

    Instead, the IRA members were sent to Long Kesh Prison for legnthy sentences. Remember those like Bobby Sands, that died on a hunger strike?

    Ah, the hypocrisy of it all.

  • Jason Robertson

    Why can’t the “native Brits” do something about (1) the prospect of overpopulation driven by foreign immigration and children born to immigrants, likely to put the “white British” in a minority within a few decades, and (2) foreign criminals.

    The answer is that Britain is no longer a “representative democracy”, but a compulsorily “multi-‘cultural’ society”, a virtual police state.

    It is run by a permutation of “elites” all drawn from the same politically correct circles, funded by capitalists who want cheap labour but who are indifferent to other consequences, and who control the dominant BBC TV media, lie to the people over immigration at every election, and criminalise or smear other independent groups who seek election on limited funds with almost zero media and public-meetings access.

    A secondary explanation is that anti-immigration parties, for whatever reasons, split the “white nationalist” vote at almost every election, local or national – UKIP versus BNP, &c.

    If Americans or anyone else out there can suggest a practical answer to this problem, please post it as soon as possible.