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Another 50 migrants arrive in Dover after crossing the Channel despite Johnson’s promise of toughness

Another 50 migrants arrive in Dover despite Boris Johnson’s firm promise that 50 asylum seekers have already been told they will be sent to Rwanda.

  • Border force brings 50 more migrants to Dover from two ships on the Channel
  • The latest arrivals include women and young children making a dangerous journey.
  • The crossings take place despite Boris’ firm promise to send migrants to Rwanda
  • Johnson said the government will ‘get started’ and ‘fight back’ despite the efforts of ‘left-wing’ lawyers

Border Force today brought a further 50 migrants to UK shores from two boats they picked up in the Channel.

The new arrivals, including women and young children, attempted the dangerous crossing even though Boris Johnson’s scheme for processing asylum seekers in Rwanda was designed to discourage them.

They are believed to have rushed across to get past the cut-off point before the Rwanda scheme begins.

Johnson told the Daily Mail that the first 50 “illegal entrants into this country” have already received notice that they will be sent to the African nation within a fortnight.

Children accompanied by a man on board a coach

A man arrives in the UK with a child in his arms

The Border Force disembarked 50 migrants at the Dover docks this morning from two boats they had picked up in the channel.

In the photo: Migrants wait with a Border Force employee.  The new arrivals attempted the dangerous crossing even though Boris Johnson's scheme for processing asylum seekers in Rwanda was designed to discourage them.

In the photo: Migrants wait with a Border Force employee. The new arrivals attempted the dangerous crossing even though Boris Johnson’s scheme for processing asylum seekers in Rwanda was designed to discourage them.

Pictured: Young men in life jackets waiting to enter the UK.  The 50 migrants picked up today are believed to have been rushing across to get past the cut-off point before the Rwanda scheme begins.

Pictured: Young men in life jackets waiting to enter the UK. The 50 migrants picked up today are believed to have been rushing across to get past the cut-off point before the Rwanda scheme begins.

1652547206 391 Another 50 migrants arrive in Dover after crossing the Channel

In the picture: young children were among the 50 migrants. Johnson told the Daily Mail that the first 50 “illegal entrants into this country” have already received notice that they will be sent to the African nation within a fortnight.

Figures for immigrant arrivals in the UK (data up to 6 May) showed that 7,454 people had arrived in the UK via an illegal crossing, almost double the number at this time last year.

Figures for immigrant arrivals in the UK (data up to 6 May) showed that 7,454 people had arrived in the UK via an illegal crossing, almost double the number at this time last year.

The Minister of the Interior shakes hands with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Birutaare after signing the migration agreement at a joint press conference in Kigali on April 14.

The Minister of the Interior shakes hands with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Birutaare after signing the migration agreement at a joint press conference in Kigali on April 14.

He added: ‘There is going to be a lot of legal opposition from the kinds of companies that have long been taking taxpayers’ money to mount these kinds of cases and to thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament. We are ready for it.

‘We’ll dig in the fight and you know, make it work. We have a great flowchart of things that we have to do to deal with that, with the lawyers on the left.

Asked if he could respond with a revision of the European Convention on Human Rights, Johnson said: “We’re going to look at everything.” Nothing is off the table.

Despite continued crossings, there is hope that the scheme will soon deter more people from crossing the Channel.

In the picture: a Border Force ship sails towards Dover.  Johnson added:

In the picture: a Border Force ship sails towards Dover. Johnson added: “There is going to be a lot of legal opposition from the kinds of companies that have been taking taxpayers’ money for a long time to mount these kinds of cases and to thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament.” ‘

A woman in a blanket is helped by a Border Force personnel

A Border Force personnel directs a young child

In the picture: The children were among the 50 migrants who arrived today. ‘We’ll dig in the fight and you know, make it work. We have a great flowchart of things that we have to do to deal with that, with the lawyers on the left.

In the picture: young people wait in a queue.  When asked if he could respond with a revision of the European Convention on Human Rights, Johnson said:

In the picture: young people wait in a queue. Asked if he could respond with a revision of the European Convention on Human Rights, Johnson said: “We’re going to look at everything.” Nothing is off the table’

Tom Pursglove, the minister for tackling illegal immigration, hinted that there could be more such deals after the deal reached with Rwanda.

Tom Pursglove, the minister for tackling illegal immigration, hinted that there could be more such deals after the deal reached with Rwanda.

Appearing before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this morning, Tom Pursglove, the minister for tackling illegal immigration, expressed his belief that there would be a “deterrent effect” of the plan.

And he also hinted that there could be more such deals to come.

Before the Rwanda deal was signed, the Home Office was reported to have considered similar deals that would see asylum seekers processed in other countries such as Albania and Ghana.

Meanwhile, Denmark is in talks with Rwanda about creating its own plan to transfer asylum seekers to the African country.

Under the UK’s £120m Rwanda scheme with Kigali, any adult who enters the UK illegally can now be sent on a one-way ticket to Rwanda to have an asylum claim processed.

The plans have been touted by ministers as a means of cracking down on migrants making dangerous journeys across the Canal in small boats.

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