As I said in my stream last night the migrant crisis at Calais/Dover is more than just whether or not you secure the border, it is about the human trafficking that has been going on for decades and we continue to turn a blind eye to it.
Shut the border tomorrow and the problems will not go away, putting battleships in the channel and aiming them at France as well as placing sanctions on the EU will wake them up a little. Making it clear that if you don’t play by the same rules we will set our own and communicate with countries in the EU individually in turn creating potentially new treaties. The EU won’t survive and the case for nation states/borders are increasing – for some reason the so-called American/European Conservatives twits on social media platforms are more obsessed with tax revenues than they are with the culture.
The article from the Times below talks about the move that Priti Patel (or as I would like to call her Priti Eustice) where countries that refuse to take back migrants will lose visas. I suppose that’s a step in the right direction but this appears to me more of a negotiation move than anything else.
Britain could block visas from countries that refuse to take back failed asylum seekers and criminals in a tit-for-tat plan laid out yesterday by Priti Patel.
The proposal is among a “range of levers” the government is considering to increase the number of illegal migrants sent back. It was included in a document published by the home secretary that outlined an overhaul of asylum rules.
Patel said the changes were needed to fix a system that was “collapsing under the pressure of illegal routes”. Fresh figures revealed that the cost of the asylum system to taxpayers had risen to more than £1.3 billion because of backlogs caused by legal challenges.
Ministers want to imitate a US law that withdraws visa routes from countries that refuse to take back illegal immigrants. The proposal is designed to reverse Britain’s growing failure to deport illegal immigrants and criminals. It would target countries that fail to co-operate by refusing to issue travel documents such as replacement passports or by blocking charter flights from landing.
Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Eritrea and the Philippines are understood to be the countries most reluctant to co-operate with the UK. More than 10,000 criminals are due for deportation but are free to roam the streets. About 42,000 failed asylum seekers are still living in Britain.
The 50-page policy document also outlines proposals to give the Border Force extra powers to turn round small boats in the Channel.
A further 67 migrants crossed yesterday, taking to 1,906 the number who have arrived this year, almost three times as many as this time last year.
The policy paper, New Plan for Immigration, said the government would “stop and redirect vessels and those on board away from the UK where persons are suspected of seeking to enter illegally”. It concedes that the plan depends on an agreement with France to accept returned migrants.
The Home Office admitted yesterday that it had no formal agreements with any EU nations to return asylum seekers from the Continent.
The proposals also pledge to make inadmissible most claims from people who arrive illegally and to fast-track the appeals process for rejected applications. But the ability to remove failed asylum seekers depends on other countries taking them back.
The government will withdraw benefits from failed asylum seekers who refuse to co-operate. About 10,000 rejected refugees and their families would lose their right to accommodation and a £38 weekly allowance. Help will continue for those who risk becoming destitute.
Fresh measures will be launched to prevent stowaways. Drivers will face fines of at least £2,000 if officials find their vehicles have not been “adequately secured”. The Border Force will be allowed to seize small boats and donate them to charity.
Campaigners, charities and the opposition said that the proposals were “inhumane”. Critics warned that thousands of families risked being turfed out on to the streets. Lord Dubs, a Labour peer, said that the changes “lack compassion”.
Nazek Ramadan, director of Migrant Voice, said the plans would treat people fleeing persecution “like commodities”.
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “The proposals create a two-tiered system, whereby someone’s case and the support they receive is judged on how they entered the country and not on their need for protection.”