French authorities rescue 38 migrants in English Channel

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

Ms Patel made the remarks in a Zoom call with Tory MPs seeking action to halt the surge.

The British minister in charge of security and immigration told fellow lawmakers that migrants crossed the channel to Britain because they believe France is a "racist country", media reports said on Sunday.

According to reports, Ms Patel made her comments in a conference call with Conservative MPs concerned about the recent upsurge in numbers attempting the unsafe voyage in small boats. She is said to have told MPs: 'I could see this coming.

The Property Secretary also reportedly claimed she experienced been thwarted in a bid to give extra publicity to repatriation flights, which would send out out the concept the Authorities was getting hard on illegal migrants.

"I have been on about this because I was appointed previous summer" - but claimed the problem experienced not been provided priority.

"She told us some believe racism to be an issue".

It was also added that the Home Secretary had dismissed migrants' claims they feared possible torture if they were returned to France as "nonsense" spouted by "activist lawyers". 'And I was in a minority'.

Sources also insisted Priti Patel was venting frustration with legal restraints, not anyone specific standing in the way of her efforts.

The backbencher complained: 'It seems incompetent and is incompetent that we just can't halt rubber dinghies coming throughout the Channel when persons are now being advised they just cannot go on holiday to Spain'.

A politician from President Emmanuel Macron's ruling LREM party said: 'Hateful claims are not a healthy part of politics, but this woman seems to spread them all the time'.

British government has increased pressure on France to prevent migrants coming into United Kingdom waters.

The Royal Navy has been called in for the first time this summer to help deal with the crisis, after over 1,000 people reached the United Kingdom shores in the last ten days, reported The Telegraph.

The bodies claimed in a press release that they were "troubled by the proposal to intercept boats and return those attempting to cross the English Channel irregularly", alleging it could cause "harmful and fatal incidents".

FRENCH maritime authorities today said they have rescued 31 migrants, including three children and an infant, trying to cross the English Channel to the British coast in small boats.

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