I was putting together a post on the Mexican/California border (which is a sieve) and the Mexican drug cartels setting up shop in Los Angeles (thanks to our lack of border controls) when I came across this UK statistic:
Between 2002 and 2007, Pakistani nationals entering the UK grew from 8,000 to 27,000.
Wow. Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention. Readers in the UK: did you know the number was this high?
“(United Kingdom) A disturbing report is surfacing in the UK from the TimesOnLine.
Thousands of young Pakistanis exploited a hole in Britain’s immigration defences to enroll as students at a network of sham colleges, The Times can reveal.
The gateway, opened by fraudsters who have earned millions from the scam, has allowed in hundreds of men from a region of Pakistan that is the militant heartland of al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taleban.
Eight of the terror suspects arrested last month in Manchester and Liverpool were on the books of one college. It had three small classrooms and three teachers for the 1,797 students on its books. Another college claimed to have 150 students but secretly enrolled 1,178 and offered places to a further 1,575 overseas applicants, 906 of them in Pakistan.
Eleven colleges in London, Manchester and Bradford have been tied to three Pakistani businessman running the fraudulent scheme which reportedly has fueled a surge in student arrivals from Pakistan. Between 2002 and 2007, Pakistani nationals entering the UK grew from 8,000 to 27,000.”