Patel pledges new legislation to stem flow of illegal immigration

The government will publish new policy papers on tackling illegal immigration and cracking down on people traffickers within the next fortnight, Priti Patel has reportedly told MPs.

The Times newspaper reports the Home Secretary has expressed her frustration at the lack of progress that has been made in reducing the numbers of Channel migrants in a meeting with backbench Conservative MPs.

The Sovereign Borders Bill will be formally announced later in the year and is expected to tackle existing lenient sentences for people smugglers, the ease with which failed asylum seekers can use human rights legislation to delay their deportations.

Patel is also considering a clause that could see foreign criminals who receive sentences of six months facing deportation.

The Home Secretary’s attempts to rid Britain of foreign criminals has been met with much hostility among human rights activists and celebrities who helped to scupper Home Office’s plans to deport dozens of Jamaican criminals earlier in December.

On the issue of illegal immigration via the Channel, Ms Patel has announced a new state-of-the-art command centre in Dover to identify smugglers and intercept the boats of migrants which continue to come despite the cold weather.

A record 15,000 migrants tried to reach Britain via the English Channel last year, according to a recent Europol report which also warned that the upward trend of attempted crossings had continued into 2021.

The Home Office needs to get new legislation through sooner rather than later…