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DAVID CAMERON yesterday witnessed the aftermath of an early morning “beds and sheds” raid by officers cracking down on illegal immigration.The Prime Minister was shown around a run-down three-bedroom property in Southall, west London, where up to 14 people had been living.
An illegal outhouse had been built in the back garden where people slept on bare mattresses.
Three arrests were made before Mr Cameron arrived at the property after 10 officers raided the terraced house at 5am.
Mr Cameron’s visit came after he announced that EU migrants will not be able to claim out-of-work benefits for their first three months in Britain.
Ministers were taking legal advice to ensure that the new measures cannot be overturned by courts.
Mr Cameron, after looking around the squalid rooms, said: “The announcements today make a difference because there is a right to go to work and take a job in another European country but there shouldn’t be a right to go and just claim benefits.”
Asked about Labour’s claims that the Government had taken too long to introduce the measures, Mr Cameron said: “We are dealing with the mess that we inherited from Labour, when immigration was completely out of control.” Paul Wylie, director of immigration enforcement in London and the South of England, showed Mr Cameron around the filthy property.He said immigration enforcement officers have nicknamed such busts at illegally occupied outhouses as “beds and sheds raids”.
We are making sure people are coming to work, not to claim
– David Cameron
The constructions are legal if they are used for storage but against the law if the house people. The three men arrested were Indian nationals, ranging in age from 20 to 60.
Two had overstayed their visas while the other had been smuggled here in the back of a lorry.
Mr Cameron added: “I think the British public are tolerant, are generous, but they want to welcome people who work hard, who make a contribution. We are making sure people are coming to work, not to claim.
“We have reduced net migration to the country by a third and here today you can see the work the immigration service is doing to get people out of our country who have no right to be here in the first place.
“We need to do more of that.”– Express