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PM’s comments on Channel-crossings “unlawful and inhumane”

August 23, 2019 5:08 PM
By Hartlepool Lib Dems

Responding to Boris Johnson's comments this afternoon on people crossing the Channel, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:

"It is just plain wrong for Boris Johnson to label refugees crossing the Channel as 'illegal migrants'. Quite apart from the dehumanising language, there is nothing illegal about seeking sanctuary in the UK, and it is shameful that we have a Prime Minister who says it is. We know that many of these people have fled persecution in Iran. For the Prime Minister to casually dismiss their rights to asylum with no evidence whatsoever is unlawful and inhumane.

The Liberal Democrats demand better. The way to stop these dangerous crossings is through an effective and compassionate response: investing in a stronger Border Force to stop the smugglers and traffickers, while ensuring safe, legal routes to sanctuary for those forced out of their home countries."