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AFRICAN ECHO NEWS

BRITISH IMMIGRATION IN SWOOPS

British Immigration officials and the police have intensified their war on immigrants, with the tactics of swooping on immigrant dominated work places.

Not quite long ago fifteen Immigration Officers and 20 Police raided 21 immigrants working for the UK 's super market giants, Tesco in Milton Keynes

They detained 21 Africans including three women at the Immigration Services Headquarters in Wolverhampton . 20 of them were charged for breaking immigration laws. They were subsequently served with notices of immigration offences and were ready to be deported.

A local newspaper in Milton Keynes, the MK News, reporting on the incidents observed 19 of the detained Africans were from Ghana , one South African with the other from war-torn Liberia .

'We stormed the two sites at 3.00am and detained 21 people. We would seek to remove all those who are in the country illegally'.  A Home Office spokesman said.

Officials of Tesco betrayed their staff, saying 'we were duped into employing the immigrants due to the high standard of their forged documents. But opinion leaders in the African community in the area think differently.

One Opinion leader of the African community in Milton Keynes told African Echo in a telephone interview that 'it is suspected that the operations were arranged by the Tesco officials, just to get rid of the workers and forfeit their wages and entitlements for the period.'

It would be recalled that after declaring a colossal amount of 2 billion pounds as profit for the just ended fiscal year, many international organisations like the Action Aid condemned Tesco's insensitive approach to its employees.

For instance, Tesco provides very appalling working conditions for thousands of its workers majority of them being immigrants from the third world countries.

African Echo's investigations at the time revealed that, the mammoth figure declaration came as a result of exploitations meted out to people employed by the company in certain parts of the world especially in Africa .

For instance, Tesco provides very appalling working conditions for thousands of women they employ in South Africa . These women grow fruits that end up on Tesco's shelves.

In another development a combined team of Immigration Officials and the police again raided some immigrants at a bus garage in Stockwell, just this week.

Nine immigrants were arrested while on duty in the night. Most of them cleaners of the buses were suddenly surrounded by the officials who sent them to an unknown confine. 

'There are several such exercises of the Immigration Officials and the police that you do not know about. They swoop on homes and even pick suspected illegal immigrants at the pubs and bus stops. They at times, get into people's homes'. An African commented in anger.

Some immigrants interviewed on the issues observed that much as such exercises must be carried out, they must be done in a very circumspective manner so that legal immigrants would feel free and comfortable to go about their normal duties.

They reckon that some of the exercises are embarked unfairly and put fear and unnecessary stress on them

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