3000 foreign criminals won't be deported
Up to 3,000 foreign criminals will be released from prison on to
A note sent to probation staff says as few as 250 convicts from European countries will face even preliminary deportation proceedings every year.
It pins the blame on an EU directive which rules that committing a serious crime is no longer sufficient grounds for removal.
Neither is the Government's desire to deter other foreign nationals from committing a crime in this country.
As a result, the vast bulk of the estimated 3,300 European criminals released from British jails each year - including burglars, thieves and muggers - will simply walk free.
The revelation undermines the promise made by Tony Blair to tackle the problem in the wake of the foreign prisoner scandal last year.
He said: "It is now time that anybody who is convicted of an imprisonable offence and who is a foreign national is deported."
This is yet another reason why we should get out of the EU immediately. We should be deporting these criminals and not let them wonder our streets in the hope that they won’t commit another crime. These people are not citizens and we owe them nothing. They should be deported.