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Minorities 'must respect UK law'

Men from ethnic minorities linked to sex crimes against young girls must learn to recognise UK law and customs, the Criminal Justice Minister has warned. Damian Green spoke after the first meeting of a taskforce set up to address concerns about the widespread grooming of young teenage girls, saying: “If you come and live in 21st-century Britain then you obey the laws and observe the conventions of 21st-century Britain. And the law says that exploiting children for sexual purposes is a serious and disgusting crime.”


Border staff risk warning

Former head of the UK Border Force Brodie Clark has warned that there are risks in drafting in extra staff to cover border controls at airports.

Speaking on the World at One on BBC Radio 4 after ministers announced 80 additional staff, Mr Clark said: "I understand that the plan is to pull staff in from other Government departments to cover some of this work with a truncated training course. There are some risks in respect of their aptitude and their testing for this type of work. I think there are plans to pool retired people in and I think that's a very sensible thing to do, and I think there are plans to pool and redeploy staff from other areas of Border Force work. I personally think that's very risky.

"I think our concern and focus should equally be on weaponry, explosives, Class A drugs and things like that coming into the country as well as some of the lower level risk issues in the people business."

Asked whether other areas could be left vulnerable by moving staff, Mr Clark said: "I think that is a very, very important and serious risk. I think there has been a tendency to take staff from customs work and use them in front-line desk work on immigration activity. I do think that creates other holes in parts of the security business.

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, criticised "drafting in staff from other areas of an already overstretched agency".

It is also reported that nearly 600 civil servants and former immigration workers are to be drafted in to help staff Britain's borders during the Olympics.


'No compromise' on border security

The UK will make “no compromises” on its border security, the Immigration Minister will say later today. In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, Damian Green will also say the e-borders programme will be “genuinely secure, fluid and complete”.

Meanwhile a Conservative MP has hit out at plans to allow all European Union nations to access the UK's DNA bank. Dominic Raab told the Daily Mail the move could mean Britons "risk finding themselves mistakenly dragged into criminal investigations abroad".


MoD police fill border gaps

A leaked memo shows Ministry of Defence police officers have been used to man passport desks and alleviate pressure on immigration at UK airports.

The email, written by a Border Force official, says that attempts to have staff cover at Heathrow and other airports “were pretty shambolic and did not work”.

Home Secretary Theresa May also faces claims that she will prompt "immigration chaos" by announcing plans to restrict numbers of Greek migrants long before they are implemented. The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, voiced his concerns about mass Greek immigration yesterday.


Home Office confirms domestic violence support scheme

The Home Office has confirmed that a scheme to help migrants forced to leave relationships as a result of domestic violence is to be made permanent. The decision comes after a pilot project that has provided support for 1,522 people, including 738 women with children. Immigration Minister Damian Green said domestic violence was a "terrible crime" and that the scheme "helps victims in genuine need escape violence and harm and seek the support they deserve".


Green announces immigration overhaul

Immigrants must "add to the quality of life" in Britain, Damian Green said today. Speaking to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, the Immigration Minister argued prospective immigrants should be "the brightest and best". The Government plans will also see immigrants kicked out of the UK if they are not earning at least £31,000 after five years in the country.


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