UK Interior Minister Suella Braverman warned this week that the migrant crisis in the UK has reached the level of an “invasion”, which has sparked criticism and support from local politicians, with some calling for its resignation. .
“The British people deserve to know which party is serious about stopping the invasion on our south coast and which is not,” Conservative Braverman said this week. “Let’s stop pretending that they are all refugees in danger, the whole country knows it’s not true.”
Braverman added that his country’s “hopelessly lax asylum system” is “broken”.
Braverman’s comments drew harsh criticism from liberal politicians, including Kim Johnson, a lawmaker in the main opposition Labor party, who said Braverman’s language would inflame tensions amid the growing immigration crisis along the way. English Channel.
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Anne McLaughlin, a Member of Parliament for the Scottish Nationalist Party, said she was “disgusted, utterly disgusted to hear an Interior Minister deliberately use provocative language on vulnerable asylum seekers.” You called the remarks shameful.
“She is by no means eligible to be interior secretary,” Labor MP Zarah Sultana said, according to The Sun.
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick attempted to clarify Braverman’s comment by saying “you have to choose your words very carefully” and that “he would never demonize the people who come to this country in search of a better life”. Sky News reports it. However, Jenrick explained that Braverman “was trying to express” the severity of the crisis.
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“The Minister of the Interior was trying to express the scale of the challenge facing the country, with people, including a significant percentage of economic migrants, seeking to embark on this journey,” a spokesman for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said. , just took office. according to the BBC.
Nigel Farage, former leader of the Brexit Party and UKIP, defended Braverman on Twitter.
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“It’s a word I’ve been using for two years that I’ve been convicted of,” Farage said in a video message. “I expect even more pressure on the Interior Minister. I really hope he stays in office, but trust me, the establishment wants to take you because it has the courage to say that many of these people are not refugees.”
The number of people making the perilous journey via one of the busiest sea routes in the world has increased dramatically in recent years, with 40,000 reaching the UK so far this year, compared to 28,000 in all of 2021 and 8,500 in 2020. Some have predicted the number of migrants crossing the UK could exceed 60,000 by the end of the year.
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Braverman was reconfirmed by Sunak last week, six days after she resigned from the same role for violating ministerial rules by sending a sensitive government document via her personal email.
She was also accused of failing to listen to legal advice on the prolonged detention of migrants in a processing center and of failing to provide them with adequate housing, both claims she denied. She has so far ignored the resignation requests once again.
Braverman’s comments came the day after an immigration center in Dover was targeted with gasoline bombs on Sunday, injuring a person before the suspect killed himself.
“No interior minister who took public safety or national security seriously would use highly provocative language the day after a dangerous gasoline bomb attack on an initial processing facility in Dover,” said Yvette Cooper, spokesperson for the internal affairs of the opposition Labor Party.
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Braverman is also facing criticism after revealing that “large numbers” of migrants could potentially take legal action against the government for being housed in processing centers longer than the law allows, The Sun reported.
Some attempted to blame Braverman for the legal issues, which could mean payments of up to £ 6,000 for each migrant, and claimed that he prevented migrants from being sent to hotels.
Braverman denied that he “deliberately” blocked the transfer of migrants, adding that the criticism was part of a “political witch hunt” that ignores the “facts of the problem”.
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“Illegal immigration is out of control,” Braverman said.
According to a YouGov poll released this month, around a fifth of UK voters say tackling immigration is the most challenging issue facing the country.
“The number of people arriving in the UK via small boats has reached record highs and continues to put our asylum system under tremendous pressure,” a UK Home Office spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “Manston remains equipped with the resources and equipment to process migrants safely and we will provide alternative accommodation as soon as possible.”
“We urge anyone who is thinking of leaving a safe country and risking their lives at the hands of criminal traffickers to seriously reconsider,” the statement continues. “Despite what they have been told, they will not be allowed to start a new life here.”
The Interior Ministry added that it will continue to provide for all the primary needs of migrants arriving at their processing centers and said they are “absolutely committed to ensuring the welfare of all migrants and staff” at the processing center. by Manston.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Reuters contributed to this report