It has been revealed that two BNP members were working in an immigration removal centre, and were only exposed after the BNP members’ list was leaked:
“The UK Border Agency said the pair were employed in an immigration removal centre until a BNP member list was posted on the internet, last November. An agency spokesman said one resigned and the other has been suspended. He added anyone working with the agency must sign a declaration stating they are neither BNP nor Combat-18 members.”
One resigned after this, while the other one was suspended. The Border Agency was right to suspend their non-resigning employee, as he/she had lied about his/her membership of the BNP when accepting the job. Nor will the immigration service be worse off now that two racists no longer spend their days deporting people (I suppose that for BNP members, working in a centre that deports immigrants is probably a dream job).
Yet this story does raise some questions. Presumably the BNP workers did not display sufficient signs of racism before the list was published, otherwise they wouldn’t have been in their jobs at that point. While the BNP is emphatically a racist party, a number of parties have anti-immigrant policies. UKIP argue for a five year freeze on immigration, a massive deportation programme and strictly-controlled immigration thereafter. The Conservatives periodically have anti-immigration flushes, while some of Labour’s utterances wouldn’t seem out of place on a BNP leaflet.
So what should be the criteria for working in such roles as the police or immigration service?
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