British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak today announced a controversial new plan to stop the wave of illegal immigrants entering the country. Issuing a warning, Sunak said those entering the UK illegally would not be allowed to claim asylum.
“If you came here illegally, you cannot claim asylum. You cannot avail our modern slavery protection. You cannot make false human rights claims and you cannot stay,” Rishi Sunak said in a tweet.
“We will detain those who come here illegally and then remove them within weeks, either to their own country if it is safe to do so. Or to a safe third country like Rwanda and once you are removed, as you are in America and Australia you will be prohibited from returning to our country.”
If you came to the UK illegally:
➡️ You cannot claim asylum
➡️ You cannot take advantage of our modern slavery protection
➡️ You cannot make false claims about human rights
➡️ You can’t stay pic.twitter.com/026oSvKoJZ
– Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) March 7, 2023
The bill, called the “Illegal Immigration Act,” would crack down on those crossing the English Channel in small boats.
More than 45,000 migrants reached the shores of south-east England by small boat last year – an annual increase of 60 per cent on a perilous route that has grown in popularity every year since 2018.
Rights groups and opposition parties have criticized the new law, saying the plan is unworkable and unfairly scapegoats vulnerable refugees.
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