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THE head of the Department of Immigration has made an "urgent" plea for additional staff, claiming his department is struggling to process the rising number of asylum seekers. Opposition Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has today released a letter written by the head of the Department of Immigration, Andrew Metcalfe, and addressed to the head of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Conall O’Connell, asking for his help to secure extra staff to process an increasing number of unauthorised arrivals. Immigration department head pleads for more staff | The Australian I suppose this could mean also a shortage of staff all round in this department.