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UK vows further crackdown on foreigners misusing human rights to avoid deportation

London, Mon, 09 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 9 (ANI): UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that foreign criminals who violate human rights rules to avoid being deported from Britain will face further crackdown.

May, stressed that she will have a tougher regime in place by June, to try to stop criminals staying in UK by misusing the "right to a family life" guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

"I get as frustrated as anybody when I see somebody who should not be in this country remaining," quoted May, as saying.

May stressed that her primary aim is to change the immigration rules so that the clause can be used only in "rare and exceptional" cases.

According to the report, judges will be told the right will not prevent removal of a foreigner who has been convicted of a crime, breached immigration rules or cannot support themselves and their family without relying on the state.

Meanwhile, some British politicians have questioned the effectiveness of May's latest promise.

"This won't close the massive gap between the Government's rhetoric and reality on immigration. Nor will it seriously tackle the Home Secretary's growing failure to deport foreign criminals," the report quoted Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, as saying.

"Since the Home Secretary took office the number of foreign criminals being released into the community rather than being deported has gone up. And the number of people removed for breaking the rules has gone down," Cooper added.

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage pointed out that the government would still be powerless against criminals from within the EU.

"Anyone from within the EU can come to live, work and settle in this country, and now they can claim benefits regardless of any criminal records. In fact, we cannot even deny rapists and murderers entry into the UK if they're from the EU," Farage said. (ANI)

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