In her new Operation Turnback, Priti Patel plans to grant Border Force officers immunity from prosecution if illegal aliens drown while crossing the English Channel from France. Even though France is considered a “safe” country, the Muslim freeloaders see Britain as a more generous, and therefore more desirable, welfare state than France.
Daily Mail (h/t Nita) Priti Patel is planning to grant Border Force officers immunity from prosecution if Muslim illegals die during her operation to ‘turn back’ small boats crossing the Channel, it has been reported. More than 18,000 people have reached the UK on small boats from France so far this year.
The Home Secretary has previously approved the plan which would see migrants boats intercepted and turned back to France by officers on jet skis. Currently, sailors are obliged to rescue ‘a person in distress at sea’ under international maritime laws and failure to do so could result in up to two years in prison.
But the government is trying to pass the Nationality and and Borders Bill through Parliament, which would give Border Force officials immunity from prosecution during the ‘turnback’ operations.
The plans have been criticized by opposition MPs, and charities, while France has branded the tactics ‘illegal’. Border Force currently has existing powers to intercept invader boats attempting to cross the Channel once they reach UK waters.
Miss Patel had been under pressure to clamp-down on illegal Channel crossings from France after the number of Muslim illegal aliens detained by Border Force hit record highs this year. Border Force officers detained 1,568 crossing the English Channel in small boats in just four days last week as the crisis continues.
Official figures take the number detained so far this year to 18,641.
Channel Rescue, a charity which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the Channel, warned Miss Patel the consequences of using the controversial ‘pushback’ tactics would be ‘horrific’.
Kim Bryan, from the charity, told BBC Breakfast on Sunday that in the last two weeks her group had spotted, from the cliffs of Dover, Border Force officials practising a pushback using jet-skis.
Miss Patel has threatened to turn boats around and send them back to Europe as part of her ‘pushback’ plan. However, French politicians branded the Home Secretary a ‘clown’, while Mr Darmanin claimed any action to send migrant boats back would be illegal.
Ms Bryan told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: ‘What they seem to be doing is pushing the boat from the stern and from the bow, and I guess the idea is they’re going to push them back into French waters.
‘These boats are incredibly flimsy. Just the wash from jet-skis going around them in the first place could cause them to capsize. What we will be seeing, then, if this starts happening, is tragedy. The consequences are going to be horrific. ‘I think it’s entirely unsafe, entirely impractical for Priti Patel to suggest that we do pushbacks in the Channel.’
Thomas-Symonds, Labour MP, said the fact that more than 1,100 illegals crossed to the UK in just two days across Friday and Saturday shows withholding money from France ‘clearly isn’t working’.
On Monday, Ministers insisted France will get £54million of funding for the Channel migrant operation – blaming ‘administrative’ issues for the delay. Despite Priti Patel threatening to withhold the money unless Paris stepped up efforts to limit the flow, security minister Damian Hinds said it will be paid ‘in the coming weeks.
But in a warning shot at the French, Mr Hinds said: ‘I would like to see increased activity, increased turnback. France is a safe country. If you are seeking asylum, you should claim it in the first safe country you come to.’
Alarm has been growing about the situation, with more than 1,000 illegals making the dangerous trip from France to the UK in just two days last week. After 10 days in which no crossings were possible due to bad weather, at least 40 boats managed to reach Britain on Friday and Saturday.
It came as Sky News footage last week showed Muslim illegal aliens leaving Calais unchallenged by armed police – in what is likely to be a fresh blow to Anglo-French relations. Dozens of people were seen piling into inflatable rafts, dinghies – and even a canoe – in their desperate bid to make it across the English Channel, with French security ‘stood by and watched’.
At the Tory annual conference last week, Miss Patel described France as a ‘safe country’ and reiterated her desire to ‘turn back the boats’.