Illegal immigrants apprehended in Newry nail salon face deportation

March 14, 2016

Employees of a Newry nail salon are facing deportation after they were found to have been working illegally.

Immigration Enforcement officers visited USA Nail Salon on Monaghan Street on Wednesday and found three Vietnamese nationals, two men aged 24 and 26 and a 29-year-old woman, to be working.  They were arrested as they were in the UK illegally.

A further two Vietnamese men aged 36 and 23 discovered on the premises were held as they are also believed to be in the country illegally.

The five were transferred to immigration detention while steps are taken to deport them from the country.

USA Nail Salon was served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland, said: “We are working hard to counter illegal working and those who abuse the UK’s immigration system.

“Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.”