The British border force is “little more than a taxi service for illegal migrants”, a Conservative MP said on Monday when he called on the government to take action to end the ‘horrific trafficking’ of people.
The Home Office is investigating an incident in which migrants trying to cross the English Channel were reportedly picked up by French border forces in French waters and taken to the English port of Dover.
The move was organized on May 29 between senior crew members of the British border force ship HMC Valiant and the French patrol ship Athos, reports the Daily Mail.
Sir Edward Leigh asked in the House of Commons what the Home Office is doing to tackle human trafficking: “Does the Minister acknowledge the anger of the public that we are becoming fools with this? Border Force is just a taxi service for illegal migrants, that’s ridiculous.
‘So the Minister will also assure me that he will use his powers under the 1971 Immigration Act to arrest, detain, prosecute, imprison and evict all illegal immigrants so that we can horrible trade in its tracks can stop. ? ”
When asked, Home Secretary Chris Philp said he “completely” shared Sir Edward’s anger.
‘We are actively pursuing the facilitators. And in the forthcoming Sovereign Boundaries Bill, as part of the new immigration plan, we intend to significantly strengthen the illegal entry into force of Article 24 referred to in the 1971 Act to make it easier to use and easier to put into practice. implement.
“And at the same time, we increase the sentence for illegal access and the sentence for facilitation under section 25 of the same act.”
According to the Home Office, on June 4, the French government dealt with eight incidents involving 130 people, while the United Kingdom dealt with four boats with 83 people.
It follows 201 people who were stopped in eight incidents on June 3 by border guards.
In addition, the French authorities intercepted nine crossings on 2 and 3 June, preventing 171 people from reaching the United Kingdom.
That’s a total of 585 attempts to make the crossing in just three days.
On Monday, migrants arrived in Dover after crossing the English Channel.
The County County Council has threatened legal action against Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying it is putting extraordinary pressure on its services for unaccompanied child migrants.
The perilous voyage from France – which so far in 2021 included more than 3,000 people, claimed children – claimed many lives.
Police confirmed on Monday that the body of a baby found on a Norwegian beach was that of a Kurdish-Iranian boy who went missing in the English Channel last year.
Artin, who was fifteen months old, was with his parents and two siblings on board an overcrowded tugboat to the UK when it capsized on October 27, 2020, claiming all five of their lives.
The Artin family sold their home before leaving Iran and paid £ 14,000 ($ 20,000) to board the boat, with a further £ 8,200 ($ 11,600) to be paid when they arrived safely in the UK .
Patel said at the time that the deaths were “an ultimate tragedy” and “could be avoided”.
PA contributed to this report.