Hundreds of asylum seekers who made it across the Channel in the early autumn were detained in “wholly unacceptable” conditions in a freight shed with nowhere to sleep other than a concrete floor, an official report has revealed.
I can see my nonplussed face being wheeled out again…
“Many had had long and arduous journeys … some had not eaten for very long periods and were hungry. Detainees gestured to us that they were hungry by pointing to their open mouths,” said the prison inspectors following visits undertaken in September and October.
That they had ‘long and arduous journeys’ isn’t the fault of the UK authorities, nor is it something we should feel rushed into remedying.
Who authorised this whinging report, and why has it not been thrown in the bin, where it deserved to be?
While the vast majority were held for under 12 hours, the longest single period of detention involved an unaccompanied child who was held in the shed for 21 hours 25 minutes.
Less than a full day. That’s what they are bitching about? When they are illegal immigrants by any measure of the term?
They were trying to enter Britain without being detected, either hidden in vehicles on the ferries to Dover, in the Channel tunnel or on freight trains arriving in Folkestone.
We owe these people nothing. They are coming into the country from an EU nation. If they want asylum, that’s where they should apply for it. Not here.
But the government isn’t listening, and is simply trying to shift the blame, and the burden of protecting our borders, to the victims of this wave of illegal immigration – the transport companies:
Home Office ministers announced a consultation on Monday to extend an existing civil penalty regime on lorries found with clandestine migrants to rail operators and freight wagons to encourage transport companies to invest in high-quality security measures.
I’m not one for strikes, but if the haulage companies decided to stop all travel through the Tunnel until the UK government accepted its responsibility to prevent illegal immigration, I’d be behind them 1000%…