Rishi Sunak outlined his new plan to crack down on illegal immigration this afternoon as he declared: “Enough is enough!”
The Prime Minister said “no one can doubt our generosity of spirit” to asylum seekers but warned too many people were exploiting Britain’s hospitality.
Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Sunak set out efforts to clear the backlog of asylum claims by the end of next year, restart deportation flights to Rwanda, and to return those from safe countries such as Albania.
He told MPs: “I hope the whole House would agree that there is a complex moral dimension to illegal migration, the balancing of our duty to support people in dire need, with the responsibility to have genuine control over our borders understandably provokes strong feelings.
“So it is my view that the basis for any solution should not just be what works, but what is right. The simplest moral framing for this issue, one I believe members on all sides of this House believe in is fairness.
“It is unfair that people come here illegally. It is unfair on those with a genuine case for asylum when our capacity to help is taken up by people coming through and from countries that are perfectly safe.
“It is unfair on those who migrate here legally, when others come here by cheating the system and above all, it is unfair on the British people who play by the rules when others come here illegally and benefit from breaking those rules.”
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