Article by Piers Meyler: Two illegal immigrants are set to be deported from the UK after immigration officials carried out raids on Billericay High Street restaurants.
Two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 31, were arrested after Immigration Enforcement Officers carried raids at The Raj in Holly Court, off the High Street, at about 7.45pm on Thursday, July 20.
Checks showed they had overstayed their visas. Both men are detained while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.
Officers visited a further business on High Street but no arrests were made.
The Raj will be served a referral notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.
Richard Lederle, Immigration Enforcement assistant director, said:
"My officers carry out vital work in tackling those who flout immigration laws – these include employers who do not carry out the required checks on staff and individuals who fail to return home when their leave has expired. Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, negatively affects the wages of lawful workers and allows rogue employers to undercut legitimate businesses. All of our operations are intelligence led and I would encourage people with detailed and specific information about illegal immigration to contact us."
The visits were supported by officers from Essex Police, HM Revenue and Customs, and Essex County Council.
Article by Piers Meyler, Essex Live