Foreigners arrested in British riots to be deported

August 20th, 2011 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 20 (IANS) More than 150 foreign nationals arrested after the riots in Britain will be deported, a media report said Saturday.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said they will be thrown out of Britain at the ‘earliest opportunity’.

Around 150 of the 2,800 people held over the looting and arson attacks were born abroad, the Daily Mail said quoting the UK Border Agency.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said Friday: “We strongly believe that foreign national lawbreakers should be removed from the UK at the earliest opportunity.”

“We also have the power to cancel the visas of foreign nationals found guilty of criminal activity, and this is something we will be looking to do when cases arise,” the Mail quoted him as saying.

Under immigration rules, criminals from outside Europe are automatically put forward for deportation if they are sentenced to 12 months in prison.

The same applies to Europeans given a 12-month sentence for drugs, violent or sexual crimes, or 24 months for other crimes, the Mail said.

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