MP writes to Home Secretary saying arrival of illegal migrant is causing ‘deep unease and concern’
By Peter Peterson
2 weeks ago
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An MP has written to the Home Secretary Priti Patel over the continued arrival of migrant boats which she says is “causing deep unease and concern to local residents.”
Hastings and Rye MP Sally-Ann Hart write to the Home Secretary expressing her serious concerns about the numbers of illegal immigrants continuing to enter the United Kingdom, she wrote that Pett Level beach near Hastings has become “the chosen destination” for many trying to cross from France to the UK.
Ms Hart said: “For several months now it has become clear that the chosen destination for many of these crossings is to land the boats along the coastline at Pett Level, which sits between Hastings and Rye in my constituency.
“This continued arrival of migrant boats is causing deep unease and concern to local residents, especially in the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
She asked Ms Patel about what work is being done with European partners, and what checks are being carried out to ensure migrants are not arriving in the UK infected with the coronavirus.
The Home Secretary has previously said she is in discussions with her French counterpart about returning those who illegally enter the United Kingdom back to France.
Ms Hart continued: “I appreciate that among some of those taking the perilous crossing over the Channel there are asylum seekers, who should be treated with the care, consideration and support you’d expect.”
She added that she believes the crossings are “clearly” being used by economic migrants as well and called for a “robust” response.
Since the start of the British lockdown, at least 598 migrants have been brought to the UK, this is currently more than half of the entire total for 2020, which stands at least 976 as of Tuesday evening.
Since the beginning of 2020 over 1,000 have illegally made the journey across the English Channel.[NewsNaira]
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