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Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests migrants crossing the Channel on small boats are ‘supporting organized crime’ Bath City News

Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested that migrants crossing the Channel in small boats are “supporting organized crime”. The MP for North East Somerset told Radio 4’s The World This Weekend that he disagreed with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s view of the Government’s new immigration policy aimed at to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Bishop Justin Welby said in his Easter sermon, “Outsourcing our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well, like Rwanda, is against the nature of God.” Mr Rees-Mogg reacted by saying: “I think he misunderstands what the policy is trying to achieve, and that’s not an abdication of responsibility, it’s actually a very difficult taking of responsibility.

“The issue that is being addressed is that people are risking their lives at the hands of human traffickers to enter this country illegally. Now, it’s not the illegal part, it’s the encouragement of human traffickers that needs to be stopped.

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He added: “90% of the people who come are young men who, passing through smugglers, skip the queue for others”.

“In doing so, they are not only risking their lives, but supporting organized crime. What we need to do is focus on the legal pathways into this country, of which there are a number.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-17 17:03:02

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