Reports have been released confirming more than 10,000 illegal migrants have crossed the Channel into Britain this year so far.
The astonishing number was passed yesterday when a new record was set for the most illegal migrants arriving by boat in one day. On Wednesday, 495 migrants crossed the channel and then taxied into Britain by UK Border Force.
So far, the number of Migrants that have made it to Britain’s shores has already surpassed last years total amount for the whole year. With five months left, numbers are projected to exceed 20,000 by the end of the year.
Clandestine Channel Threat Commander for the Home Office, Dan O’Mahoney, has said: “These dangerous small boat crossings, facilitated by criminal gangs, are putting lives at risk.”
He states the number crossing the channel into Britain were “unacceptable”. Dan went onto say the government’s new plan for controlling immigration was the “only credible long term plan to fix the broken asylum system”.
Once again, Priti Patel has vowed to get tough on the number of crossings saying the Channel route into Britain is “unviable” as an asylum seeker.
It was only Last month Priti Patel brought forward a new law to the House of Commons which would increase prison sentences for people smugglers who were facilitating and enabling the Channel crossings.
The New law would also give life sentences to anyone who was found guilty of exploiting the vulnerable, aiding the Channel crossings, which is more than the current maximum 14-year sentence.
Under the new Nationality and Borders Bill, the Home Secretary would have more powers to remove those who come to Britain illegally.
Priti also said there would be new centres outside the UK where migrants can seek asylum through legal channels.
Patel said: “The Nationality and Borders Bill contains vital measures to fix the UK’s broken asylum system.”
“Our new plan for immigration is fair but firm.”
“We will welcome people through safe and legal routes whilst preventing abuse of the system, cracking down on illegal entry and the criminality associated with it.”
Though the Home Secretary states she will get tough on illegal migrants and traffickers, record numbers still arrive in Britain each day.
Last week, the UK gave France a further £54 million for extra French security to stop illegals crossing to Britain. Since then we’ve seen nearly 1000 people come to Britain in the last three days.
Is this money well spent, or should we have spent it on better apparatus for the UK to protect its borders?