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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Enforcement

17.The Act contains a number of measures to strengthen powers of enforcement of the immigration law. The measures include:

  • extending the powers of immigration officers to enable them to undertake more operations without the presence of police officers;

  • extending existing criminal offences under the Immigration Act 1971 (the 1971 Act) regarding deception, facilitation and the making of false statements;

  • extending existing powers to place residence conditions on temporary admission;

  • extending the powers to fingerprint to, for example: people who are to be removed or deported; some inadequately documented passengers; and persons arrested under Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act; and

  • providing a clear statutory basis for excluding, in compliance with the United Kingdom’s international obligations, certain persons who appear on a European Union or United Nations travel ban.

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