Migrant crossings: 'Controversial' legislation discussed by Tomson
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The House of Commons debated new asylum reforms on Monday which is set to introduce harsher punishment for those entering the UK illegally while also opening new routes for asylum seekers to be properly processed. The nationality and borders bill will also introduce new laws to enable easier deportation which includes sending rejected asylum seekers to an island so they can be processed. Combined with a generally calm tide across the English Channel, many migrants sought to make the dangerous trip into the UK before the laws come into power.
Good Morning Britain’s Pip Tomson was sent out to the Channel on Tuesday morning to monitor the situation.
She told the show she watched several boats make the journey and said she saw a person fall overboard before being rescued.
The journalist added she was taking a step back and not getting involved with the boats.
She told the programme: “That is why the Government is introducing this very controversial bill.
“Although waters might be calm today, politically, they are very choppy.
“Because Labour and many charities are in uproar about this they say this bill is not humane, it is not fair.
“It will create a two-tier system and people shouldn’t be granted asylum on the basis of how they’ve made this journey.
“Because what the government is saying is that they want to crack down on the smugglers who are facilitating these crossings, they are saying they could face up to life in prison.
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“And these migrants here, I think there’s actually ten of them, they could face up to four years in jail.”
Ms Tomson says she has seen two boats while in the channel with one dinghy having around 18 people in them.
She says Border Force are “very busy” dealing with several boats and other incidents and says she and her team is informing the coastguard of the boats when she sees them.
However, despite letting the authorities know, she has yet to see anyone come to meet her or the other boats.
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The bill is also cracking down on migrants who have made the journey to the UK via “safe countries”.
Home Secretary Priti Patel says the UK has had “enough” of economic migrants posing as asylum seekers and are fed up of boats washing up at their shores.
On Monday, one boat was seen carrying 50 people on the shores of Kent.
The previous highest daily crossings was set in September 2020 which saw 416 cross in a single day.
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