Unprecedented 10th day in a row of migrant arrivals in Dover

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Migrants have arrived in Dover for an unprecedented 10th day in row, meaning nearly 1,000 have entered the UK since last Tuesday.

A Border Force patrol boat brought people in lifejackets and masks into the harbour, who were then taken ashore by officials.

The good weather in recent days has made the treacherous journey more possible for people to cross in small boats, with more than 900 arriving since August 4, not including today’s arrivals.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has vowed to make the route “unviable” and the government has asked for military assistance, so far in the form of two RAF planes.

However, Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart said sending the Royal Navy into the English Channel to deal with migrant crossings is a “declaration of maritime war”.

Ms Patel said the system was being “exploited by leftie Labour-supporting lawyers” who were doing everything they could to stop the government removing people.

Shadow justice secretary David Lammy said criticised her comments as “extremely distasteful”.

“Caricaturing an entire profession, which is subject to a code of conduct and upholds the rule of law, is dangerous and unbecoming of a serious Home Secretary.”

Meanwhile, Benjamin Loughnane from Migration Watch UK told talkRADIO the government was “too weak” to question the number of asylum seekers arriving from the Channel.

He told Mike Graham: “We need to make a distinction between genuine refugees and people who are posing as refugees…our kindness should not be mistaken for weakness.”

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