Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes Home Sec measures to “tackle illegal crossings”
Politics / Fri 26th Mar 2021 am31 08:15am
Home Secretary announces major new plans to tackle illegal Channel crossings
THE Home Secretary, Priti Patel has announced bold new measures to tackle “illegal crossings” in the Channel as part of the Government’s “New Plan for Immigration”. The announcement follows the introduction of the Australian-style points immigration based system in January.
The New Plan for Immigration has three main objectives:
Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, welcomed the announcement by saying: “We have taken back control of our borders with a new Australian-style points based system, which means we will have fair immigration that is fair to the taxpayer.
“Many residents have contacted me about illegal crossings in the Channel and this new plan will tackle the problem head on.”
Commenting, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Under our New Plan for Immigration, if people arrive illegally, they will no longer have the same entitlements as those who arrive legally, and it will be harder for them to stay.
“If, like over 60 percent of illegal arrivals, they have travelled through a safe country like France to get here, they will not have immediate entry into the asylum system – which is what happens today.
“And we will stop the most unscrupulous abusing the system by posing as children, by introducing tougher, more accurate age assessments.
“Profiteering from illegal migration to Britain will no longer be worth the risk, with new maximum life sentences for people smugglers.
“I make no apology for these actions being firm, but as they will also save lives and target people smugglers, they are also undeniably fair.”