British Home Secretary Priti Patel, the government agency responsible for immigration, has announced that British border authorities may be given new powers to refuse migrant and refugee ships in the English Channel and immunity from refugee deaths.
During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Patel said he was working towards a new amendment to the Citizenship and Border Act that would allow Border Force members to be legally protected against any accidents, including deaths and injuries.
We are absolutely working to pursue human traffickers and reduce the number of crossings. Let me be very clear on this. This is the work of this government and it is day and night.”
But it’s tough and that’s why we’ve come forward with the Citizenship and Borders Bill. This is why we develop legislation. That is why the Border Force will have new powers and will have new powers in terms of returning ships or pushing them back, as well as intercepting at sea, all within the law I must say.”
According to her, the aims and intent of the bill, which is currently in the early stages of the parliamentary process, is to make the UK’s asylum system fairer, to prevent illegal entry of people into the nation and to expel those who do not. You have the legal right to be in the country.
The bill would involve denying asylum claims by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who arrive via an illegal route, sentence them to up to four years in prison, deny them access to public funds, and impede their relatives to join them. United kingdom.
Although the Home Office ensures its employees are protected at the border under the new law, experts in immigration law have noted that there is no guarantee that the new article will protect authorities from prosecution under international or national maritime laws.
Colin Yu, an experienced immigration lawyer, said, according to The Guardian.
Patel is under intense pressure from members of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself to end the crossing of refugees into the UK. However, it is not yet known whether this ruling will actually protect the authorities under international maritime laws.
* Aisha Sandoval Laguna contributed to this note.
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