With the U.K. Conservative party having announced its new leader — and thus U.K.’s new prime minister — a key area the new administration must focus on, and one neglected by its predecessor much to the outrage of the party’s grassroots membership, is the issue of illegal immigration.
The past weekend saw 2,120 individuals, predominantly adult males, arrive in 45 boats from across the English Channel, bringing this year’s total to 27,415.
The onslaught from the European mainland this year has almost breached last year’s total of 28,526 despite having four full months of the year remaining. Both figures dwarf the count from 2019 when just 1,843 migrants made the perilous trip across the world’s busiest shipping lane.
Concerning footage published online on Sunday showed one dinghy land on the Kent coastline at Folkestone, before scores of migrants disembarked and made their way inland. It is not known if these individuals were detained by authorities or whether they are a part of the official Home Office count.
Conservative commentators described the footage as a national security threat and questioned the effectiveness of both authorities and lawmakers’ attempts to tackle the crisis.
The brain wave of Boris Johnson’s administration, to deport all migrants who come to Britain illegally to a processing center in Rwanda, has proven to be an abject failure due to the ease with which pro-mass migration groups and human rights lawyers have been able to prevent such action from being taken.
In party hustings over the past month, Liz Truss defended the Rwanda immigration scheme and vowed to “support and extend” the deportation policy “to more countries.” Grassroots Conservative members would be content with the initial policy of deportations to Rwanda actually working to begin with.
Truss is rumored to be considering current Attorney-General Suella Braverman for home secretary. Braverman is a key ally, ardent Brexiteer, and a skeptic of Britain’s current human rights laws and its position as a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Braverman has previously remarked that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg undermines the government’s policies to address illegal immigration, and has called it a “national priority” to “take radical action” to extricate Britain from the influence of European human rights laws.