Sunday, November 11, 2007

Illegal immigrants working as security guards

By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor Last Updated: 12:43pm GMT 11/11/2007

Thousands of illegal immigrants have been given official licences to work as security guards, the Home Office has admitted.Ministers have now ordered urgent checks to be carried out on hundreds of thousands of people vetted by the government's Security Industry Authority (SIA) over the past three years.A loophole in the vetting rules meant that the entitlement of people to work in Britain was not checked for those applying for jobs in the security industry. According to newspaper reports, investigators have discovered illegal immigrants working at the Metropolitan Police, government departments and at ports and airports since the situation first came to light in July. One illegal immigrant was even employed as a security guard charged with protecting the Prime Minister's Jaguar.

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