Banks and building societies across the UK have been tasked with carrying out checks on all current account holders starting in January next year, as the Government ramps up efforts to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants.
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A spokesperson for the Home Office said that the system was part of its ongoing work to tackle illegal migration and is intended to be “fair to people who are here legally, but firm with those who break the rules”, independent.co.uk wrote.
“Everyone in society can play their part in tackling illegal migration”.
It falls under the Immigration Act of last year and will target people who have overstayed their visas, those who have not been granted asylum and foreign national offenders who are facing deportation.
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