The federal government’s Nationality and Borders Invoice will solely carry extra “chaos and delay” to the UK’s “dysfunctional” immigration system, Amnesty Worldwide has mentioned.
The invoice handed its second studying within the Commons on Tuesday night by 366 votes to 265.
It might permit the UK to ship asylum seekers to a “secure third nation” and to submit claims at a “designated place” decided by the secretary of state.
It might additionally imply anybody knowingly arriving within the UK with out permission could be committing against the law, and Border Pressure officers would have the facility to show again migrant boats utilizing “affordable pressure if needed”.
However Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty UK’s refugee and migrant rights programme director, mentioned: “Criminalising folks only for making an attempt to achieve a spot of security is morally and legally indefensible.
“Individuals cross the Channel and put themselves in severe hazard as a result of there are merely no secure alternate options open to them.
“Until MPs drastically amend this invoice, we are going to find yourself with much more chaos and delay in our dysfunctional immigration system.”
Dwelling Secretary Priti Patel says the invoice will tackle the UK’s “damaged asylum system” as report numbers of migrants danger travelling on small boats throughout the Channel.
Ms Patel is because of seem earlier than the Commons Dwelling Affairs Committee this morning to replace MPs on the scenario.
There have already been extra folks crossing the Channel on small boats this yr to date than there have been in all of final yr, in line with Dwelling Workplace information compiled by the PA information company.
At the very least 287 migrants reached the UK on Tuesday, bringing the yr’s complete to at the least 8,452.
Throughout 2020, 8,417 folks crossed the Dover Strait aboard small boats.
On Monday, at the least 430 folks arrived by small boat within the UK, a brand new report for a single day.
Tim Naor Hilton, chief govt at Refugee Motion, mentioned the rising variety of crossings “reveals the federal government’s get-tough-quick schemes don’t work”.
He added: “Prison smugglers prey on refugees who’ve little alternative than to place danger their lives in rickety boats as a result of ministers refuse to create extra routes to achieve security right here.
“And the federal government’s merciless anti-refugee invoice will do little to cease the boats. It’s unworkable, illegal and can find yourself an costly catastrophe that criminalises people who find themselves merely asking for our assist.”
Dan O’Mahoney, clandestine channel menace commander for the Dwelling Workplace, mentioned: “There may be an unacceptable rise in harmful small boat crossings throughout the channel due to a surge in unlawful migration throughout Europe.
“The federal government continues to take steps to deal with the unacceptable downside of unlawful migration via the Nationality and Borders Invoice which can shield lives and break this cycle of unlawful crossings.
“The federal government can be persevering with to return these with no authorized proper to stay within the UK.”
Additionally on Tuesday night, the Dwelling Workplace introduced that Britain is to offer France one other £54m to stop crossing, following an settlement between Ms Patel and French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin.