‘Pushing back’ migrant boats: a sensible way to stamp out people-smuggling or a deeply ‘callous’ policy?

More than 14,000 immigrants have come to Britain illegally this year by crossing the canal in small boats, the Daily Telegraph said. Many Britons are angry that human traffickers continue to taunt the UK’s borders.

Home Minister Priti Patel is also ‘disappointed’: she is threatening to ‘disconnect’ a failed £ 54 million deal with France to prevent migrants from leaving its shores. She also received new advice from the attorney general authorizing the border force to “push” immigrant boats into French waters: officials were filmed using jet skis to circumvent the boats during exercises off the Kent coast.

Alexander Downer, Australia’s former foreign minister, said in the Daily Mail that the policy had sparked outrage, but I know it could work. Australia did this when “large numbers of economic migrants” began arriving in our waters from Indonesia. The patrol boats intercepted the smugglers’ boats, repaired them, resupplied them and then diverted them to Indonesia. It became very clear that we were going to eliminate human trafficking and soon the numbers were drastically reduced.

The Times said such a policy would face many practical problems. Legally, migrants must be intercepted before they reach British waters. Your ships must be seaworthy, not overloaded and able to return to the French coast. Perhaps the French Coast Guard should escort them back. And if the migrants jumped into the sea, British officials would have to legally rescue them.

The key to solving this problem is not repelling the ships, it is reasonable cooperation with France. More importantly, it is a very “tough” policy, as Sean O’Grady told The Independent. Do we really think about leaving immigrants trapped “in limbo, waiting to sink” between two of the richest nations in the world? How long will it be before a “poor hopeless Afghan” is found “dead in the water”? The government is responsible for the deaths. Border Force personnel must understand the repercussions of “obeying orders.”

It is not yet clear if this is an official policy, Diane Taylor told The Guardian. In the past, many of Patel’s plans to address the immigration crisis failed. He has previously suggested that asylum seekers be held in “processing centers” outside the UK; Deportations increased dramatically. I’ve even talked about the “giant wave machine installation” on the canal. Neither of these plans came to fruition. It was also rumored that he might lose his job. The chances of a response plan being “put into action” are slim.

The Craven County Council has pledged to host at least 15 Afghan refugees who fled the country after the Taliban seized power.

The authority promised government plans to resettle up to 20,000 Afghans after receiving an offer from a private owner to use a large property in Skipton that was previously used to house Syrian refugees.

 

Speaking at a meeting Tuesday, Gov. Richard Foster said it would be “rude to accept the offer.”

He said: “Some of these families are large and therefore require large buildings that do not come out of the sky.

“The same property was shown to Syrian families and it was very useful.

“We have a lot of people who need shelter, but I think this will have an imminent impact on the refugees who come here from very traumatic places.”

Labor council member Chris Rose said: “Anyone who is a refugee is on the run from something horrible that we have not experienced before.

“I don’t want us to back down on their support where we can. Our support is vital.”

Across North Yorkshire, councils are expected to host 100 Afghan refugees through the government’s resettlement plan by the end of September.