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Migrant crisis: Yvette Cooper calls for action on criminal gangs

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Home Secretary Priti Patel has been accused of delivering “broken promises” when it comes to immigration policies and practices in the UK. The House of Commons revealed in a recent report that the number of people who have crossed the English Channel from France to seek a better life in the UK this year is now three times as many as 2020, to more than 25,600. Despite repeated pledges to tackle the migrant crisis and put an end to the Channel Crossings, Ms Patel has come under fire as Yvette Cooper exposed serious failure in the area’s monitoring strategy.

Ms Cooper told LBC host Nick Ferrari: “We have an enquiry underway into this, we have not reached our conclusions on this.

“Some of the things have emerged you’re right that we found that only five people had been returned to other European countries.

“That contrast…it used to be several hundreds a year who would be returned because they had applied for asylum already in other European countries.”

She added: “We also found the other problems from example, gaps in some of the policing and intelligence cooperation, surveillance cooperation.”

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“All sorts of problems around the use of drones for example not happening on the French side of the Channel, only happening five days a week on the UK side.

“So gaps in that cooperation as well and, also we no longer have some of the safe legal routes for people.

“For example, people who have family in the UK, who have been fleeing persecution but have family in the UK used to be able to reunite with family through a legal route and that’s been taken away, one of those routes has been taken away”

“So that means that you have got these smugglers gangs are more able to exploit people, you’ve got these appalling criminal gangs who are exploiting this crisis and making huge amounts of money from it and that is where we need that action against these criminal gangs.”

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The current shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said in a speech in Parliament on Monday: “As the Home Secretary knows, the Government has already spent over £200 million of taxpayers’ money on deals with the French authorities that are not working” 

“The situation is getting worse. So will the Government commit to transparency as to how the money is spent?” 

“The Home Secretary has repeatedly made pledges that the route across the Channel will be made unviable, but as usual with this Government, it is all empty rhetoric and broken promises.

He added: “The Home Secretary has blamed everyone but herself.”

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Ms Patel hit back at the criticism, saying: “We are constantly pressing France on this, and we’re asking them to be honest with us about where the gaps are because they can’t be everywhere and obviously, the numbers are high.”

“When it comes to stopping the crossings other countries have to do much more in terms of border protection and this is the point.

“Schengen is free movement, Schengen is open borders, they do not have border controls and border checks.”

The Home Secretary has been embroiled in a spat with France over their border patrol’s failure to prevent migrants from trying to cross the Channel into the UK.

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