SENIOR police officer Bas Javid, brother of Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, has been appointed director-general of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office.

Mr Javid is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, and has previously held key positions at Avon and Somerset Police and West Midlands Police.

He will take up his new role in November and will be tasked with the operational response to immigration offending while collaborating closely with other law enforcement agencies, including the police and Border Force.

Mr Javid said: “Protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system is vital, so it is an honour to be appointed to this important role.

“I am excited to begin leading a group of dedicated, hard-working and talented public servants to ensure we uphold our rules and laws.”

According to the Home Office, immigration enforcement visits are at their highest since 2019 and are up by almost 50% on last year.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Immigration abuse is a scourge on our society and I will leave no stone unturned in clamping down on this illegality.

“Bas brings a wealth of law enforcement experience and will further ramp up our efforts to tackle immigration offending, as the British people would expect.”

Home Office permanent secretary Sir Matthew Rycroft also welcomed the appointment, saying he looks forward to welcoming Mr Javid to the Home Office and working alongside him to “tackle illegal migration, which is the top priority for the department”.

Mr Javid’s role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met involves high-level responsibilities, including overseeing specific operational areas, contributing to strategic decision-making, and holding a critical position in the force’s chain of command.

His new appointment coincides with new arrivals appearing to take Channel crossings to more than 100,000 since 2018.