“Make No Mistake”: Rishi Sunak Vows To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration
LONDON: UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned on Sunday (local time) that he would begin deporting every illegal immigrant who enters the country and will not allow them to seek asylum, Fox News reported.
Mr Sunak vowed in an interview on Sunday that the UK was facing a steady flow of migrants crossing its borders from Europe.
Rishi Sunak’s government is expected to introduce legislation this weekend to crack down on illegal immigration, with special emphasis on illegal immigrants on boats across the English Channel, Fox News reported.
The new law would place the Home Secretary with a duty to remove “reasonably soon” and permanently ban those arriving by small boat to Rwanda or a “safe” third country.
“Stopping the boats” is one of his top priorities, said Mr Sunak, adding: “Make no mistake, if you come here illegally, you can’t stay.”
“Illegal immigration is not fair on the British taxpayer, it is not fair on those who come here legally, and it is not fair to allow criminal gangs to continue their immoral trade. I am determined to keep my promise to stop the boats,” he added.
The UK has laws that allow illegal immigrants to claim asylum after crossing the border. Normally, immigrants are allowed to stay while their cases are pending, but the new law would prevent such immigrants from seeking asylum in the first place.
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The government has long struggled to cope with rising numbers of asylum seekers.
However, it is not clear how the government proposes to limit the rights of asylum seekers.