UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, "Trusting Theresa May and the Tories to control immigration is as safe a bet as expecting a pub team from the 'Dog & Duck' to win the World Cup!
"As both Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May 'promised' to reduce immigration to the 'tens of thousands' - a promise and a pledge that has completely and utterly failed.
"Even the Home Office under Theresa May was concerned that many students coming into the UK, allegedly to study, would disappear off the border agency's radar and into the black economy.
"Fudging student numbers looks like a ruse to massage the immigration statistics and con the British people into believing immigration is coming down, when in fact under the Tories it's been out of control, running at over 500,000 a year.
"The Tories are so incompetent they can't even get non-EU immigration, which the government has full responsibility for down to their target of 'tens of thousands'.
"Then we have a Cabinet minister saying today immigration is "not about numbers". If we don't control the numbers, we control nothing.
"After a record of failure compounded by failure on immigration it is clear that the Government cannot be trusted with our borders. Only UKIP has the will and strategy to reduce the sheer numbers arriving in a fair, economically beneficial and ethical way. "