MORE than 200 illegal migrants made it across the Channel on Sunday as the total number soars towards 7,000 this year.
As the good weather summer season ramps up, Priti Patel is on the ropes as she launches new laws to clamp down on the arrivals on British beaches.
A lifeboat sails into Dover crammed with rescued migrantsCredit: PA
Some of the 200-plus illegal migrants who made it across the Channel on SundayCredit: PA
The Home Secretary’s new tough immigration bill will be put in front of MPs for the first time on Tuesday.
But critics say it will do little to stem the tide of migrants making the dangerous trip across the stretch of water from the continent this week, with over 600 people crossing last weekend alone.
It means approximately 6600 people have made the journey this year, and the total numbers set to smash the record breaking 8500 that crossed in 2020.
The Borders Bill will make it illegal to arrive in the UK without permission – meaning refugees who don’t apply for asylum on the continent could be jailed or sent back.
It will also make it easier to deport migrants, and halt last ditch attempts by leftie lawyers to stop deportations.
‘IT’S TIME TO ACT’
But it will strengthen the safe and legal ways in which people can enter the UK and grant resettled refugees indefinite leave to remain when they get to the UK.
Ms Patel said: “For too long, our broken asylum system has lined the pockets of the vile criminal gangs who cheat the system.
“This isn’t fair to the vulnerable people who need protection or the British public who pay for it. It’s time to act.
“This legislation delivers on what the British people have voted for time and time again – for the UK to take full control of its borders.
“It paves the way for a fair but firm system that will break the business model of the gangs that facilitate dangerous and illegal journeys to the UK while speeding up the removal of those with no right to be here.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel’s new immigration law is set to go before MPs for the first timeCredit: AFP
Robert Buckland spoke of reducing the burden on our legal systemCredit: Alamy
The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland added: “Our reforms will ensure that immigration appeals are heard fairly but not repeatedly – resolving cases more quickly and reducing the burden on our legal system.
“All too often judges are asked to review cases that have already been rejected on multiple occasions and stand zero chance of being overturned.
“These clog the system at taxpayers’ expense, delay the removal of people who have no legal right to be in the country, and cause misery to those with legitimate claims awaiting resolution.”