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Border security shambles put UK at risk
Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:36AM
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British security forces have failed to carry out proper security checks on thousands of asylum seekers who have entered the UK putting Britain at terror risk, an official watchdog has claimed.


Borders and Immigration watchdog said the UK Border Agency has even not checked the anti-terrorist warning index or the police national computer to look for the names of the asylum seekers, the Sun reported.

According to Independent Chief Inspector John Vine, of Borders and Immigration, many of those asylum seekers have earned the right to stay in Britain just for the long delays they have endured.

In the report on UKBA efforts to clear a backlog of up to 450,000 asylum seekers, he said bosses told MPs it had been done when 147,000 cases were still “unresolved”.

Vine said many cases were archived with little attempt to trace the asylum seeker.

“Security checks on controlled archive cases had not been undertaken routinely or consistently since April 2011. This was unacceptable. Through the inefficiency and delay of the Agency, those who would otherwise have faced removal will have accrued rights to remain in the UK”, he added.

Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to sort out the UKBA shambles, but Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant blasted: “There were big promises on immigration and changing the UKBA, but the UKBA and the split-off Border Force are getting worse and worse.”

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