The Telegraph, Mail and BBC are among the media outlets trailing a major announcement by David Cameron on the establishment of a uniformed and specially-trained border police force. Visiting a police station in Wapping later today the Conservative leader will announce that former Met Chief John Stevens has agreed to head a working group on the establishment of this border police force.
Mr Cameron believes that there is a lack of coordination between the agencies currently involved in immigration:
"Right now, our society is not properly defended against the drug dealers, people smugglers, gun importers and terrorists who find it all too easy to bypass the current system. No single organisation is responsible for performing this vital task. Instead we have at least six separate agencies, including Revenue and Customs, the Immigration Service, the security services, harbour police, Soca (Serious and Organised Crime Agency), and the Metropolitan Police."
The Tories insist that the border police force will be paid for by scrapping Labour’s ID cards scheme and from other economies at the Home Office. Labour question the Tory sums. Immigration minister Liam Byrne told The Telegraph that charges for ID cards scheme will make it self-financing. "How is he going to pay for his plans?," Mr Byne asked, "There is no magic pot of cash for ID cards sitting in the Home Office for him to switch, so he will have to introduce new taxes to pay for it."