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‘We will end up with even more chaos’: government warns immigration bill will make matters worse | UK News

The Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill will only bring more “chaos and delays” to the “dysfunctional” UK immigration system, Amnesty International said.

The law project passed its second reading in the Commons Tuesday evening by 366 votes against 265.

This would allow the UK to send asylum seekers to a “safe third country” and submit claims at a “designated place” determined by the Secretary of State.

People suspected of being migrants move up the beach after arriving on a small boat at Dungeness in Kent.  Picture date: Monday July 19, 2021.
Hundreds of people arrived on the banks of Kent on Monday, including this group at Dungeness

It would also mean that anyone knowingly arriving in the UK without permission would commit a crime, and border force officers would have the power to turn back migrant boats using “reasonable force if necessary”.

But Steve Valdez-Symonds, director of Amnesty UK’s refugee and migrant rights program, said: “Criminalizing people just for trying to reach a place of safety is morally and legally indefensible.

“People are crossing the Channel and putting themselves in serious danger because there is simply no safe alternative available to them.

“Unless members of Parliament radically change this bill, we will find ourselves with even more chaos and backwardness in our dysfunctional immigration system. “

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the bill would tackle the UK’s ‘broken asylum system’ as record numbers of migrants risk traveling on small boats across the Channel .

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Ms Patel is due to appear before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this morning to brief MPs on the situation.

There have already been more people crossing the Channel on small boats this year so far than there were last year, according to Home Office data compiled by the news agency PA.

At least 287 migrants arrived in the UK on Tuesday, bringing the year’s total to …

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