The failure to enforce immigration law threatens the public.
Victims up and down the UK would not have had their lives taken, or changed forever, had immigration been effectively controlled and enforced. Urgent action is required now in order to prevent more victims.
Below is a list of shocking examples of crimes committed since 2017 by those who should not have been here at all:
1. Rachid Redouane – one of the perpetrators of the 2017 London Bridge attacks, in which 11 people were killed and 48 injured (21 critically) – was a Moroccan-born failed asylum seeker. After having his 2009 claim for asylum rejected, he remained here before going on to live in Ireland three years later. He then returned and (alongside two others) committed a barbaric, horrendous and violent attack on Londoners who were just going about their daily lives.
2. A failed asylum seeker – Eltiona Skana – killed seven-year old Emily Jones by slitting her throat in Bolton on 22 March 2020. The perpetrator’s initial claim for asylum in 2014 was refused but the Home Office then granted her leave to remain in the UK until 2024. The perpetrator was cleared of murder on the basis of diminished responsibility.
3. Khairi Saadallahm – who shouted “Allahu akhbar” as he brutally murdered three men in a terror attack in Reading on 20 June 2020 – was a failed Libyan asylum seeker. Saadallah, who fled Libya in 2012, was given temporary leave to remain in 2018 despite already having amassing a string of criminal convictions and being a member of a banned terrorist group in Libya. Just two weeks prior to the attack the government said that his deportation was in the public interest but for legal reasons it could not happen.
4. Failed asylum claimant Azam Mangori – an Iraqi Kurd – was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 32-year-old Lorraine Cox in Exeter in September 2020 by smothering her with a T-shirt. He left Ms Cox’s body for a week in his flat before he dismembered her. Mangori was denied asylum in December 2018.
5. The Parson’s Green bomber – Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan – came to Britain illegally in the back of lorry in 2015. Interviewed at an immigration centre in Croydon in January 2016, Mr Hassan, said: “They trained us how to kill. It was all religious based.” However, he was still able to claim asylum and was not removed from the UK before attempting to bomb a District Line tube train on 15 September 2017.
6. A Somalian double rapist was allowed to stay in the UK on human rights grounds after a judge said he would face ‘degrading’ treatment in his home country due to his mental health. The 49-year-old arrived in Britain in 2004 and claimed asylum, but he amassed eight convictions in the space of six years. Robbery, trying to pervert the course of justice. Raping two different women were among his offences. He used a knife during one of these crimes and was jailed for more than seven years. Now he has been allowed to stay here. But what about the safety of the public?
7. A Sudanese asylum seeker stabbed six people, including a police officer, while on a violent rampage in a hotel in Glasgow in June 2020.
8. An Afghan asylum seeker – Samiulahaq Akbari – tried to murder a complete stranger in Thornton Heath, London while ‘fuelled’ by a desire to kill English people. He was convicted of attempted murder over the rampage which took place on 8 January 2019, just 12 days after he was released from prison for another assault.
9. Kuwaiti hit and run driver – Hadi Hamid – who nearly killed two teenagers in Middlesbrough in October 2017 after ploughing into them with his car (and leaving with life-changing injuries) was allowed to stay in the UK – even though his refugee status was revoked. Hamid was sentenced to four years behind bars in February 2018 and was ordered to be deported, yet he was released from prison in October 2019 and has still not left.
10. Sudanese asylum seeker Karar Ali Karar savagely murdered 21-year-old Jodi Miller in Leeds in February 2019 by stabbing her 15 times in the head and body in an ‘explosive rage’ after she refused to have sex with him. He was jailed for life in August 2019. The question is – will he be forced to leave the UK upon leaving prison? Given the increasing failure to remove such people from the UK, it is looking unlikely.
11. Illegal Algerian immigrant Khaled Meridja, who reportedly entered Britain through France after hiding in the back of a lorry, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in October 2019 for strangling and sexually assaulting a teenager.
12. Albanian Asdrit Kapaj- also known as the Wimbledon prowler – terrorised south west London with burglaries for a decade after also arriving in the UK in 1996 and falsely claiming to be a Kosovan refugee. After being granted indefinite leave to remain in 1999, he was refused naturalisation as a British citizen in 2011 on the grounds that he had lied about his nationality, meaning he should have been deported. He was jailed for 14 years in June 2019 after admitting to 25 charges of burglary and attempted burglary in which cash and valuables worth almost £500,000 were stolen in meticulously planned break-ins.
The recent deterioration in enforcement is the latest episode in a long-running problem.
Analysis by the Henry Jackson Society of convictions over the past 20 years identified 45 foreign nationals who served prison sentences for terror offences were allowed to remain in the UK after completing their jail terms, with many of the convicted terrorists being given permission to stay by the authorities after being granted asylum.
The government’s primary responsibility is to keep the public safe. Control immigration, stop illegal arrivals, remove those with no right to be here, and make sure that criminals and terrorists are kept out of Britain. This will save lives. It’s not complicated.