6,200 crim­i­nals who should be de­ported are back on the streets

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Ian Drury Home Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

A RECORD 6,200 foreign crim­i­nals are liv­ing in the com­mu­nity in­stead of be­ing de­ported.

Killers, sex at­tack­ers, robbers and drug deal­ers are among the thou­sands re­leased back onto the streets at the end of their jail sen­tences.

Although they are due for de­por­ta­tion, the of­fend­ers are not kept in prison. Many then sim­ply slip off the radar.

Oth­ers chal­lenge their de­por­ta­tion or­ders, of­ten us­ing hu­man rights or asy­lum laws.

In to­tal, there were 6,231 foreign na­tional of­fend­ers liv­ing in Bri­tain in De­cem­ber who were due for de­por­ta­tion. This was up 10 per cent on the fig­ure in De­cem­ber the pre­vi­ous year.

Nearly a third – 2,032 – have been out of jail for more than five years. An­other 1,502 have dodged be­ing re­moved from the coun­try for be­tween two and five years.

The fig­ures pub­lished by the Home Of­fice raise con­cerns the be­lea­guered depart­ment is fail­ing to get a grip on the prob­lem. It is al­ready fac­ing flak af­ter min­is­ters ad­mit­ted 63 mem­bers of the Win­drush gen­er­a­tion could have been wrong­fully re­moved or de­ported since 2002. Con­ser­va­tive MP Philip Hol­lobone said: ‘There is no ex­cuse for these de­plorable fig­ures. If foreign na­tional of­fend­ers are sub­ject to de­por­ta­tion they should be de­ported straight away.

‘ It is eas­ier to de­port peo­ple straight away as once you leave them in the com­mu­nity things get more dif­fi­cult as years go on.’

Lib­eral Demo­crat home af­fairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey added: ‘Yet again the Gov­ern­ment have got their im­mi­gra­tion pri­or­i­ties wrong.

‘At the same time as treat­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zens from the Win­drush

‘We need to put the pub­lic first’

gen­er­a­tion so un­fairly, min­is­ters have failed to get to grips with foreign crim­i­nals. We need a com­mon sense ap­proach that puts the pub­lic and the tax­payer first. Where some­one is a threat, we can’t af­ford the risk they might ab­scond.’

Bri­tain can de­port EU crim­i­nals who serve time in jail while non-EU of­fend­ers must have served at least one year be­hind bars.

Once con­victs have served a sen­tence, they can only con­tinue to be held if there is a good chance of them be­ing de­ported im­mi­nently.

But many slip off the radar while oth­ers fight de­por­ta­tion or­ders, of­ten us­ing con­tro­ver­sial hu­man rights or asy­lum laws to trig­ger a lengthy and costly le­gal bat­tle.

In Novem­ber, a re­port by David Bolt, chief in­spec­tor of borders and im­mi­gra­tion, found that in April last year, 753 foreign crim­i­nals were miss­ing af­ter be­ing freed from jail. He added that a third of planned re­movals failed: 7,772 out of 24,289 dat­ing back to 2014-15.

A team set up to find­ing miss­ing crim­i­nals had only 11 staff.

A Home Of­fice spokesman said more than 41,000 foreign of­fend­ers have been re­moved since 2010.

He added: ‘Foreign na­tion­als who com­mit crimes should be in no doubt of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to de­port them. We’ve made huge progress in iden­ti­fy­ing these in­di­vid­u­als. This has con­trib­uted to the rise in the num­ber of recorded foreign crim­i­nals liv­ing in the com­mu­nity.’

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