As UK parliamentarians consider a bill against illegal immigration, the UK Home Office has just announced that 430 migrants crossed the Channel on July 19 alone.
At least 430 migrants crossed the Channel on July 19 to the UK, according to the UK Home Office, a new one-day record, which comes as Parliament examines plans to toughen the British asylum system.
The previous daily record, reached in September 2020, stood at 416, according to UK news agency PA.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel will discuss in the early evening, AFP learned from the minister’s entourage. “I will have this evening with the British Minister of the Interior a last conference before I can announce, I hope, with her a new massive security”, declared July 20 Gerald Darmanin to the National Assembly.
People continued to risk making the perilous journey across the English Channel to the UK today.
It comes after at least 430 migrants made the journey to the UK on Monday, a new record for a single day.
– Channel 5 News (@ 5_News) July 20, 2021
“The securing of the approaches to Pas-de-Calais and the North, we ask our British friends”, he also assured before adding: “Every day, […] entire families are saved by French gendarmes in particular, by French fishermen, to prevent them from crossing over to the other side because they are putting their lives in danger. ”
According to the BBC, nearly 8,000 people spread over around 345 boats have reached the English coast since the start of the year, despite the British government’s promise to make this immigration route impassable and its repeated calls for France to fight more against these crossings.
According to Commander Dan O’Mahoney, in charge of the “illegal threat” in the Channel, the United Kingdom is experiencing “an unacceptable increase in Channel crossings by small boats due to an increase in illegal immigration to Europe . “
“People should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach and not risk their lives making these dangerous crossings. We continue to prosecute the criminals behind these illegal crossings, ”he continued, quoted in a statement from the British Home Office.
Nigel Farage, the founder of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and now a consultant for the news channel GB News, commented on this new record of migrant crossings on Twitter, taking offense: “C ‘is really shocking. ”
British government prepares new law against illegal immigrants
The new record comes as British MPs this week consider Boris Johnson Home Secretary Priti Patel’s bill on asylum reform.
The Borders Bill will finally fix our broken asylum system.
Supporting those fleeing oppression via safe & legal routes – while making it easier to remove dangerous criminals.
– Priti Patel (@pritipatel) July 19, 2021
Presented by the minister as “fair but firm”, but denounced by associations for the defense of human rights, it aims to discourage illegal immigration and plans to treat asylum seekers differently depending on whether they have arrived in the country legally. or illegally.
During debates on July 19 in the House of Commons, former Prime Minister Theresa May, also a former Home Secretary, warned against the idea of sending asylum seekers to centers outside of United Kingdom while their application is reviewed. She indicated that she had considered this option, before giving it up because of “practical problems”.
The bill plans to increase to four years, from the current six months, the prison sentence incurred by migrants seeking to return illegally to the country and bring to life imprisonment – from the current 14 years imprisonment – the maximum incurred by smugglers.