TWO weeks ago we were told that illicit migrant Channel crossings were to become illegal, leaving those of us who thought they already were pretty bemused.
Illegal migration is illegal as set out in the 1971 Immigration Act. So we thought. But as we know this Act is not worth the paper it is written on, nor has it been for years. It has been as shockingly disregarded by the judiciary and the police as the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has. The destructively ‘progressive’ Left-leaning establishment of the last 50 years – more Tory than Labour – has taken a determinedly lenient approach on both issues to society’s cost.
As far as immigration is concerned, the de facto legal argument which has invariably prevailed is that it doesn’t matter how you get to the UK so long as you have always intended to declare your presence to the authorities at the first opportunity. And, guess what, the Home Office and our courts invariably take a migrant at his (and it nearly always is ‘his’) word. That is the root cause for why there has not only been no attempt at all to stop the ever-increasing numbers of cross Channel ‘ferried’ landings, but each year’s record-breaking numbers are sanctioned. For the first three severe winter months this year, they have already reached 4,559.
One day alone in March saw over 900 people brought in. ‘Brought in’ is the operative term. It is documented and explained in a film produced by an independent reporter which was sent to me a few days ago and deserves to be shared. In it the reporter shows why the numbers are rising so rapidly given the system that has been developed and is now in place for their welcome, from a seamless mid-Channel handover from the French authorities, safely ferried to the UK with a port coach-and-hotel reception well-hidden as well as well-oiled by the authorities.
The jury is out as to whether the new Act will make the blindest bit of difference to this efficient official system. Unless there is a categorical decision to disband it, shut it down and criminalise any individual or government agency involved in enabling people traffickers, I fear it won’t.