UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned illegal immigrants entering the country that they will be deported on Sunday and “will not be able to live”.
Sunak made the pledge in a Sunday interview as Britain faces a steady flow of migrants crossing its borders from Europe. Sunak’s government is expected to push through legislation this weekend to crack down on illegal immigration, with a special emphasis on illegal immigrants arriving in boats in the English Channel.
“Make no mistake, if you came here illegally, you won’t be here,” Sunak told UK media.
Similar to the US, the UK currently has laws allowing illegal immigrants to claim asylum after crossing the border. As the BBC reports, migrants are normally allowed to stay while their case is pending, but the new law will prevent such migrants from claiming asylum.
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“Illegal immigration is not fair to British taxpayers, it is not fair to those who come here legally and it is not right that criminal gangs be allowed to continue their unethical trade. I am determined to fulfill my promise.” ,
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The crackdown on illegal immigration from America’s closest ally comes at a time when the United States itself is facing an unprecedented crisis at the US-Mexico border. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has tracked more than 230,000 migrant encounters each month since October, up from more than 100,000 per month when President Biden took office.
In comparison, the UK tracked only 45,000 migrants crossing the English Channel in 2022, according to Reuters.
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Like Sunak, Biden has faced growing calls to address the crisis at the border.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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