Vastavam web: The United States isn’t the only country struggling to manage illegal immigration. The Public Accounts Committee in the United Kingdom’s (UK) House of Commons recently published an immigration enforcement report that indicates the UK is experiencing similar problems — more fundamental than what we usually see on the news. The UK committee concluded among other things that the government of the UK does not know the size of the UK’s illegal population or have a clear grasp of the harm that it is causing. The same is true here in the United States.
In the UK, the Home Office is responsible for immigration enforcement; according to the report, it has not estimated the size of the UK’s illegal population since 2005, which prevents it from establishing a meaningful baseline for measuring progress in reducing the size of the illegal population. The Home Office has, however, identified harm that can be attributed to illegal immigration into the UK. This includes such things as the crimes committed by undocumented aliens, the cost of public services provided to aliens who should not be receiving them, and financial harm to employers who only hire aliens with legal work authorization and have to compete with employers who hire undocumented aliens for low wages.
In the UK, the term “BAME” is used to describe people who are not of white British descent. It is an acronym for “Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic.” Although the Home Office acknowledges the value of diversity, only one member of its current executive committee comes from a BAME background. According to the report, the Home Office acknowledges that it needs to become more involved in working with and listening to communities, particularly the ones that do not have a positive view of its enforcement measures.