UNDER FIRE Suella Braverman claimed last night Britain was facing an “invasion of our south coast” – as it emerged illegal migrants could fetch £6,000 each in comp.
The Home Secretary is fighting to keep her job after massive overcrowding at the Manston migrant processing center in Kent.
The “big numbers” could now take legal action against the government for keeping them on the site longer than expected, Braverman admitted to MPs.
Labor and other critics say Ms Braverman is to blame because she refused to move some of the migrants to hotel rooms instead.
In furious scenes in the Commons, she hit back: “The British people deserve to know which party is serious about stopping the invasion on our south coast and which party is not.
“Let’s stop pretending they’re all refugees in distress, the whole country knows that’s not true.”
Lighting her fire against her own department, she brutalized Britain’s “hopelessly lax asylum system” saying “it’s broken”.
She added: “Illegal immigration is out of control.”
But she denied accusations she ‘deliberately’ blocked bookings at new hotels at an average of £150 per room per night, and said she had been the victim of a ‘political witch hunt’ ignoring the ‘facts of the problem”.
At least one law firm is considering challenges for migrants at the centre, which is only supposed to hold them for up to 48 hours.
Insiders predict the migrants would have at least a 70 per cent chance of winning a judicial review, with others saying Ms Braverman was directly warned that the Home Office faced an impending challenge.
She admitted the UK was struggling to cope with the scale of arrivals, saying it was “impossible” to secure the beds needed at short notice.
Another 468 migrants arrived in small boats on Sunday, after nearly 1,000 came on Saturday.
She insisted she had “never ignored legal advice” to rent more hotels despite the “ruinous” cost of £6.8million a day.
But she admitted breaking the departmental code six more times by using her personal email for government business.
Detention Action said: “Compensation is available where a person has been unlawfully detained.”
Last night, Enver Solomon of the Refugee Council said: “This kind of appalling rhetoric is not only fundamentally wrong, but also incredibly dangerous.
Labor MP Zarah Sultana said: ‘Language like this – describing migrants as ‘invaders’ a day after a center was burned down – stokes hatred and spreads division.
“She is completely unfit to be Home Secretary.”
60,000 SETS TO CROSS IN THE YEAR
Small boat Channel crossings have already reached record levels in 2022 – with forecasts they could reach 60,000 by the end of the year.
One of the reasons is a sharp increase in arrivals from Albania, which account for a quarter of the approximately 40,000 total arrivals so far this year.
Dan O’Mahoney of Border Force said up to 2% of Albania’s adult male population had come to the UK in small boats.
He told MPs that Albanian criminal gangs had gained a “foothold” in northern France. Another pull factor is Theresa May’s Modern Slavery Act, which is used by illegal migrants to block deportation.
Crossing the Channel in small boats has become the main illegal route to the UK. Some 28,526 people made the trip in 2021.
France has only stopped 42% of crossings this year, compared to 50% last year. And 85% of Channel migrants who have applied for asylum have been granted it, MPs said.
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Suella Braverman warns UK faces ‘south coast invasion’ as illegal migrants could receive £6,000 each in compensation – Reuters
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