Immigration Officers Raid Businesses in Illegal Immigrant Crack-Down
Five men were arrested by immigration officers at two businesses in Worcester.
D&K Nail Salon in Lowesmoor and the Arishana restaurant, Canada Way, in Lower Wick, was visited earlier this month by immigration enforcement officers acting on intelligence.
Two Vietnamese men, aged 19 and 39, were arrested at the salon on suspicion of entering the UK illegally and three men aged 27, 38 and 45 from Bangladesh, were arrested for allegedly overstaying their visas.
According to the Worcester News the Home Office said the two men from Vietnam were both ordered to report regularly to the Home Office while their cases progressed.
Meanwhile, the three men from Bangladesh have been detained while steps were taken to remove them from the UK.
Both businesses have been served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker employed will be imposed, unless they can demonstrate that appropriate right to work checks were carried out – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work, according to the Worcester News.
The owner of D&K Nails, who did not give her name, told the Worcester News she had not been issued with a notice warning, described it as “unfair”, and “would be fighting this”.
The manager of the Arishana restaurant, Sam Ahmed, said on employing the staff he was given the passports they used to enter the country, and said he had “no knowledge they were not entitled to work in this country”.
“I have been targeted by the Home Office several times,” Mr Ahmed said.
“All I am trying to do is provide a service to my local community.
“I have been fully co-operative with the Home Office’s investigation.”
Carol Scarr, of the West Midlands Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, depriving vital public services like schools and hospitals of funds, it undercuts honest businesses and it cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.
“We are determined to crack down on businesses who choose not to play by the rules.”