British Immigration Minister Resigns After Employing Illegal Immigrant

Mark Harper leaves government after learning his cleaner was in U.K. illegally

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The immigration minister of the United Kingdom resigned Saturday after he was found to have employed an illegal immigrant.

Mark Harper announced his resignation from government in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron after discovering that his cleaner is in the country illegally, the BBC reports. Harper said he ran a background check on his cleaner in 2007, but when he did a second check, he was informed she did not have indefinite leave to stay in the U.K.

The 43-year-old Conservative quit his position voluntarily, saying, “Although I complied with the law at all times, I consider that as immigration minister, who is taking legislation through Parliament which will toughen up our immigration laws, I should hold myself to a higher standard than expected of others,” he said. He said he would continue to serve as a member of parliament.

Harper has been considered tough on illegal immigration in the U.K., and sought to clamp down on benefit claims from E.U. immigrants.

[BBC]

29 comments
Carol Gronli
Carol Gronli

Isn't that an oxymoron? Or is it just a moron?

Ciro Sanchez
Ciro Sanchez

This is just one way to prove how people try to take advantages from the illegal inmigrants' cheap labor .when is in their own benefits they become blind and do it until somebody catch'em up,then and only then they become aware of their wrongdoing.

Gail Lucinda Madrid
Gail Lucinda Madrid

Illegal is the right word(goggle it) only makes sense n its not dehumitizing they do it to themselves !USA need to start goin after the employers more too they say we hav to crackdown on illegals but they gotta get the ones that hire them not the indivual I mean look at how much tax $$ money these employers get away with every year! Common sense ppl

Paola Obsecion
Paola Obsecion

How did it happen in the first place? And if it could be mistakenly done by the people on top, it just shows how difficult for people at the bottom not to make the same mistake..

Austingalster
Austingalster

This is what happens when you rule/ruin about 100 countries across the world...what goes around comes around

Ronald Vikash
Ronald Vikash

I guess you really can't resist cheap labor.

Richard Hull
Richard Hull

Unless you do it totally legally, then you have to jump through many hoops. I spent two years here before I could qualify for a social security number when I got my green card. You'll never believe how restrictive it was to live without one. No bank account, expensive car insurance, any paperwork took twice as long as people didn't know what to do with no social number etc etc.

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

This individual is called an undocumented individual, not illegal. The term illegal is intentionally used to de humanize people, something totally Fu***** up

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

In America no one gives a fu**. If you are a human and managed to get in the country somehow, your good ;)

Kunle Ibrahim
Kunle Ibrahim

He should be prosecuted, resignation is not enough. He created hate Billboard, creating bad feelings against even legal migrants and other ethnic groups, weeping up sentiments in the country, while he employed illegal migrant exploiting her. Nasty Tories style, with nasty taste!!

Jin-oh Choi
Jin-oh Choi

Sound like a scene from 'Yes Prime Minister'.

Le Whump Aristocratique
Le Whump Aristocratique

After realising that sales of Lemon Pledge had more than tripled that year in the vicinity of his house, it was quickly deduced that Consuela from Family Guy was illegally working in the area.

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

The purpose of an immigration minister should be to carefully restrict immigrants. He should've been fired simply for letting Britain turn too multicultural.

BrynnDiesel
BrynnDiesel

@GuoLiang the uks been multicultural since the first world war when people from all over the empire came to fight. This guys only ben immigration minister for 18 months, I hardly think he could have made much differance in that time