More than 200 illegal immigrants attempted to cross the channel as more severe penalties were announced

According to the Interior Ministry, British authorities have dealt with more than 200 illegal immigrants trying to cross the channel on Sunday.

That’s because the government has announced heavier imprisonment for migrants and enablers smuggling people on small boats to Britain.

Border officials intervened in six cases involving 212 people on Sunday, French officials reported seven interceptions and blocked an additional 238 from arriving in Britain, according to the Interior Ministry.

A record number of people have made dangerous trips through the English Channel on small boats this year, with nearly 6,000 arriving in the UK in the first six months of 2021.

If the number of intersections seen in July and August last year is repeated, the total number in 2020 (8,417) could be eaten within two months, PA news agency analysis shows. I will.

Secret Channel Threat Commander Dan Omahoney said: “Illegal immigrants across Europe have significantly increased the number of immigrants seeking illegal entry into the UK, resulting in an unacceptable increase in the crossing of dangerous and unnecessary small boats.

“The government continues to target criminal organizations responsible for these illegal intersections at all levels with information and surveillance. The number of police officers intercepting intersections in France in collaboration with France. Has doubled. We will arrest the gang behind this deal. “

Earlier on Sunday, the Home Office announced stricter enforcement against illegal immigrants and smugglers as part of a nationality and border bill scheduled for its first reading at the House of Commons on Tuesday.

The proposed law is intended to make it a criminal offense to deliberately arrive in the UK without permission, and the maximum sentence for illegal immigrants will be increased from six months in prison to four years.

The government is also planning to raise tariffs on smugglers, and convicted people have been facing prison life for up to 14 years now.

The provisions contained in the law extend crimes that arrive illegally, including arrival as well as entry into the United Kingdom.

The Interior Ministry said Steerner’s punishment was a bid to prevent “shopping for asylum,” and some immigrants “other than Britain” when asylum could have been claimed early in their journey to Europe. I chose it as a more favorable destination. “

Home Secretary Pretty Patel said: “The nationality and border bill contains important steps to fix Britain’s broken asylum system. Our new immigration plan is fair but solid. Prevents system abuse and We welcome people through safe and legitimate routes while cracking down on illegal intrusions and related crimes. “

John Bezley and Patrick Daily

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