Five illegal immigrants have been arrested under the Immigration Act after arriving to work at the Home Office.
The five Nigerians were sent to work as cleaners in an office of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate - the Home Office department responsible for the removal of illegal immigrants from the UK. The five, who had arrived for their first day of work, were hired by a contract cleaning company to clean offices at Beckett House in central London.
The offices are used by IND staff on the frontline of the battle to target and remove illegal immigrants from Britain. A Home Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that five illegal immigrants were arrested last night at Beckett House following checks on their immigration status.
"These individuals were the employees of a firm contracted to provide cleaning services.
"It is policy that all employees and contracted employees working in Immigration and Nationality Directorate buildings have security and employment checks carried out which include checks on their immigration status. Of course, we will investigate further and appropriate action will be taken as necessary."
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "This has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous when the Home Office's ability to catch illegal immigrants is so bad that they even manage to employ them as cleaners, presumably without realising." n At least 1,500 UK passports have gone missing in the past two years.
The documents should have been returned by the passport service to their owners, but never reached them, according to the Scottish nationalist MP Stewart Hosie.