The Home Secretary needs to get a proper grip of border control - Cooper
Apr 10, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to Theresa May's interview in the Sunday Telegraph and re-announcement on Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, said:
"This won't close the massive gap between the Government's rhetoric and reality on immigration. Nor will it seriously tackle the Home Secretary's growing failure to deport foreign criminals.
"Since the Home Secretary took office the number of foreign criminals being released into the community rather than being deported has gone up. And the number of people removed from our country for breaking the rules has gone down.
"Giving the courts stronger guidance on the way family should be considered in immigration cases is sensible although as the Independent Inspector of UKBA has pointed out, the majority of foreign criminals not deported do not remain here because of human rights. The Home Secretary is still not addressing the growing failure by UKBA to deal with foreign criminals.
"The Home Secretary promised to cut net migration and it's gone up, then pledged to deport Abu Qatada and hasn't. After the fiasco of bordersgate this summer, and the revelation that airports and ports don't have the staff they need, the Home Secretary needs to get a proper grip of border control."
Yvette Cooper MP added on Abu Qatada:
"The Home Secretary needs to get a move on over Abu Qatada. There is still no evidence of progress or any timetable for his deportation. Yet if progress is not made, bail conditions could run out in less than a month. Under Theresa May's counter terror reforms she will then have much weaker powers in place to prevent him using a mobile phone, the internet or associating with his previous contacts."
Yvette Cooper added on email surveillance:
"Theresa May still hasn't explained what she wants to do on internet surveillance or why. Nor has she explained what on earth is going on over the government's plans to hold closed civil court sessions. Government policy on intelligence has become a complete shambles and the Home Secretary needs to sort it out."
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