British Border Guard “It’s just a taxi service for illegal immigrants”: Congressman



The British border guard “is just a taxi service for illegal immigrants,” a Conservative lawmaker said Monday, calling on the government to take action to put an end to the “horrible trade” of smuggling.

The British Home Office is investigating an incident in which immigrants attempting to cross the English Channel were picked up by British border forces in French waters and taken to the British port of Dover.

The move was coordinated on May 29 between the senior crew of the British border guard vessel HMC Valiant and the French patrol vessel Athos, the Daily Mail reported.

When asked what the Home Office is doing to tackle smuggling of people at the House of Commons, Sir Edward Lee said: Border Force is just a taxi service for illegal immigrants. It’s ridiculous.

“The Minister assures me that he will use his powers under the Immigration Control Act of 1971 to arrest, detain, prosecute, imprison, deport and thwart this horrific trade of all illegal immigrants. To do. ?”

In response to the question, Interior Minister Chris Philp said he “fully” shared Sir Edward’s anger.

“We are actively prosecuting facilitators, and the upcoming Sovereign Border Bill significantly includes Section 24 illegal immigration crimes he mentions in the 1971 law as part of a new plan for immigration. We plan to strengthen it, make it easier to use, and make it easier to implement.

“And at the same time, we plan to increase the penalties for trespassing and facilitation under Article 25 of the Act.”

According to the Interior Ministry, French authorities dealt with eight cases involving 130 people on June 4, and the United Kingdom dealt with four boats involving 83 people.

This follows the eight incidents on June 3, when 201 people were stopped by border guard officers.

In addition, French authorities blocked nine passages on June 2 and 3 to prevent 171 people from arriving in the United Kingdom.

This will result in a total of 585 people attempting to cross in just three days.

On Monday, immigrants continued to arrive in Dover after passing through the English Channel.

The Kent County Council has said it is facing extreme pressure on services for unaccompanied children’s immigrants and has threatened to file a proceeding against Interior Minister Priti Patel.

By 2021, more than 3,000 people, including children, had taken a dangerous sea trip from France, killing many.

Police confirmed on Monday that the baby’s corpse found on a Norwegian beach belonged to a Kurdish Iranian boy who went missing in the English Channel last year.

Fifteen months old, Artin boarded an overcrowded immigrant ship to England with his parents and two brothers on October 27, 2020, killing all five.

Artin’s family planned to sell their home before leaving Iran, pay £ 14,000 ($ 20,000) to board the boat, and an additional £ 8,200 ($ 11,600) when they arrived safely in the UK.

At the time, Patel said death was the “ultimate tragedy” and “may have been avoided.”

PA contributed to this report.

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