In a Zoom call with backbench MPs, Ms Patel (pictured in Dover this week) suggested the system was ‘operated by leftist lawyers supporting the Labor Party’ who were doing all they could to prevent the government from firing people.
Priti Patel warned France the UK would not cough up millions of pounds for anti-migrant patrols unless it agrees to take back more refugees as it prepares sweeping changes to the immigration system “Broken”.
The Home Secretary told Tory MPs she was preparing sweeping legal changes that “would plunge the left into collapse” as migrants arrived in Dover for the 10th day in a row.
People wearing life vests and masks were brought into the harbor aboard a border forces patrol boat before being taken ashore by officials.
In a Zoom call with tough backbenchers, she suggested the system was “operated by left-wing lawyers supporting the Labor Party” who were doing all they could to stop the government from firing people.
And she said France’s request for £ 30million to fund Channel patrols and surveillance would hinge on welcoming more people seeking to travel to the UK, reported the Times.
The favorable weather in the English Channel has made the crossing possible for hundreds of migrants in the past 10 days, despite his vow to make the route “unsustainable”.
The government has requested military assistance, which so far has taken the form of two RAF planes, but proposals to send armed forces to the English Channel to deal with the small boat crossings have been criticized by France .
The mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, said that sending the Royal Navy to the English Channel to manage migrant crossings was a “declaration of maritime war”.
And Labor Party Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds insisted ministers must deliver solutions rather than “empty headlines” in order to tackle the problem.
Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy added: “It is extremely distasteful for Priti Patel to say that our asylum system is ‘exploited by leftist lawyers’.
“Caricature of an entire profession, which is subject to a code of conduct and respects the rule of law, is dangerous and improper for a serious interior minister. “
Hundreds of migrants have crossed the dangerous waters of the English Channel on small boats in the past 10 days
Home Secretary told Tory MPs she was preparing sweeping legal changes that “would plunge the left into collapse”
Meanwhile, Kent County Council has said it could be days away from being able to care for more child asylum seekers arriving on its shores.
In Dover on Thursday morning, other suspected migrants arrived on the border forces patrol boat Speedwell.
They were taken ashore by immigration officials where they will be assessed for symptoms of the coronavirus, as per protocol.
The Border Force cutter hunter and French patrol vessel Scarpe were also active in the Channel on Thursday.
It comes after 71 migrants arrived in the UK on Wednesday, traveling on six boats.
Hundreds of migrants have crossed the dangerous waters of the English Channel on small boats in the past 10 days.
The numbers peaked on August 6 when 235 hit the UK – a single-day record.
Channel Patel’s new Underground Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney said, “These crossings are dangerous and unnecessary and I am determined to stop them.
“The minister and I met with French officials in Paris on Tuesday to discuss how to advance joint work to make the small boat route for illegal migration unsustainable.
“We will continue to attack the heinous criminals and organized crime networks that put people’s lives at risk. “
The government’s handling of migrant crossings has been criticized by Labor, who accused it of lacking “competence and compassion”.
Mr Thomas-Symonds said on Wednesday that this had led to thousands of people risking their lives in dangerous waters.
In a letter to Ms Patel, he said: “Anyone looking at the footage will see the enormous danger in these crossings. It is not true that this is happening and that so many people are risking their lives after already facing extraordinary hardships.
“Criminal gangs continue to profit, with many people coming from some of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the world. “
He continued: “The situation has been exacerbated by the rhetoric of the government when you should have focused on the need to find a viable, humanitarian and practical solution, in collaboration with international partners. “