Border forces deliver more migrants to Dover as ministers warn lords no more concessions on Channel boat bill
After dozens of suspected migrants were brought ashore in 12 boats and 641 suspected migrants have been identified this week, Robert Jenrick today issued a stark warning to the House of Lords over the Illegal Immigration Bill.
Border Force rescues a boat of suspected migrants and brings it to the port of Dover.
Pictures emerged on Friday showing dozens of people wearing lifejackets being brought ashore by the Border Force vessel BF Hurricane.
This comes after the ‘small boat incident’ in the channel, according to reports.
From the pictures, most appeared to be men and several were wearing facemasks.
To date there are no official figures or even estimates of how many have been brought to Dover.
A group of people believed to be migrants have been brought to Dover, Kent today, Friday, July 14
Passengers reportedly rescued by BF Hurricane after a ‘small boat incident’ in the Channel
So far, official figures are not available on how many people were taken on board but so far this week, 12 boats and 641 suspected migrants have been identified.
But according to Migration Watch UK, since the start of this week, there have been 12 boat sightings and a total of 641 suspected migrants identified – but not including today’s rescues.
Alp Mehmet, chairperson of Migration Watch UK, said: ‘We don’t know but it wouldn’t be surprising if more migrants cross the Channel.
‘Indeed, they will continue to come until convincing measures are taken to show that you will be granted asylum as a result of coming illegally.’
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The unacceptable number of people risking their lives by making these dangerous crossings is putting unprecedented pressure on our asylum system.
‘Our priority is to stop the boats, and our Small Boat Operational Command is working with our French partners and other agencies to stop people smugglers.
‘The Government has gone further by introducing legislation which will ensure that those arriving in the UK illegally are detained and immediately removed to their country of origin or a safe third country.’
News of the latest crossing comes as it is reported that up to and including July 10, a total of 13,000 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats.
A record 45,755 treacherous crossings were made last year – 60 percent more than 2021’s total of 28,526.
But officials have predicted that 80,000 migrants could arrive in the UK by the end of this year.
Today, Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick issued a stern warning to the House of Lords over his Illegal Immigration Bill.
It is believed that peers intend to challenge the legislation before Parliament goes into summer recess.
Officials predict that up to 80,000 migrants could arrive in the UK by the end of this year.
A record 45,755 treacherous crossings were made last year – 60 per cent more than 2021’s total of 28,526.
As of 10 July a total of 13,000 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats
The Lords wants more concessions on child detention limits, modern slavery protections and the provision of safe and legal passage for refugees to the UK.
Offerings are an important part of sage Sunak’s vow of ‘stopping the boat’.
Mr Jenrick told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that critics of the bill had not put forward any ‘credible alternatives’.
‘It is the responsibility of those who choose to criticize our approach to provide alternatives.
‘We have concerns about Rwanda’, ‘we do not like the loyal environment’ – it is not a serious or grown-up way of managing the debate to say ‘we do not want it, we do not want’, but do not come up with an alternative. ‘
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