DAMNED if you do – damned if you don’t.
That seems to be the conclusion for Boris Johnson and his plans to tackle the dangerous and chaotic illegal immigration to the UK.
Both sides of the political spectrum agree that something needs to be done.
But before Boris was even done announcing a solution send some asylum seekers to Rwanda for processingthe queue for queuing was already much longer than that for dinghies leaving Calais.
It was “cruel,” “racist,” “inhuman,” “morally unacceptable,” “lower than low,” shrieked the anti-Boris brigade.
But when it came to proposing an alternative, there was nothing but crickets and tumbleweed from those corners.
Speaking of Kent – the landing district for most 4,500 who made the treacherous journey on the channel so far this year – the Prime Minister unveiled his so-called “Partnership for Migration and Economic Development”.
The new £120million plan would see male migrants arriving in Britain in inflatable boats and trucks being resettled 4,000 miles away in East Africa while they await decisions on their asylum claims.
But the prime minister’s critics are acting as if Johnson’s administration is bringing back some form of medieval punishment.
In fact, he proposes adopting a policy pioneered (albeit controversially) by Australia and currently heavily considered by Denmark.
It’s a policy that ultimately achieved its goals in Australia, so much so that given evidence of how effective offshore processing has been in preventing drowning, the left-wing opposition had little choice but to praise it.
Then-shadow Immigration Secretary Richard Marles wrote in the Herald Sun in 2015 that Australian Labor would indeed maintain the Conservative coalition’s policy of offshore processing if elected.
Marles said it gave him a “big hit people smuggler‘ and ‘actually stopped the boats’. He added that it is vital for the policy to work that the centers are humane and process applications quickly.
And that’s the key to all of this.
These centers CAN work to cut off the snake’s head and neutralize the driving cause of the problem – money-hungry criminal people smugglers.
That’s not to say it WILL work, but we can’t just write it off for nothing more than sheer politics and shameless self-righteousness.
Hardly known for brains
Have the government explain how it intends to provide these centers and ensure that processing is humane, dignified and cost-effective in the long term.
Because the price of doing nothing will enrich smugglers and make crime possible.
Only then should those who actually take care of solving the problem judge. Next, works schemes for illegal immigration amount to a grand total of oddballs.
Former party leader Jeremy Corbyn called the plan “shameful and beyond cruel” and instead offered to crack down on people smugglers and illegal migrants. . . *checks notes* “Building a World of Peace and Compassion.”
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel will never please the left with easy jobs and beautiful gardens too hypocritical to see that uncontrolled illegal migration is a ticking time bomb for ordinary working-class communities.
I hate to bring up past trauma – we’ve suffered enough as a country in the last two years – but who can believe we came dangerously close to having this man as actual Prime Minister?
And others on the workbench, little known for their brains and big ideas, had little to offer except to proclaim that offshore processing was “racist”.
Then there’s all the pompous sneers about Rwanda from those who seem to think it’s a backward, tyrannical slum. It is not.
It is booming economically. Poverty there fell by 77 percent between 2001 and 2017, and it is the first country in the world to have a female majority in parliament.
footballer Gary Neville(apparently also an expert on global migration policy) took to Twitter to share his insights with his 5 million followers.
Boris has been “below average” for housing asylum seekers in Rwanda, he said.
The man probably couldn’t place the damn country on a map.
The reality is that Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel will never please the left with cushy jobs and beautiful gardens too hypocritical to see that uncontrolled illegal migration is a ticking time bomb for ordinary working-class communities. They act as if France is some kind of war zone worth risking life and limb to escape.
The Prime Minister has not listened to their calls to weaken our borders. And good, I say.
Boris Johnson has to hear the cries of people who are offended and angered that Britain’s borders are being exploited by greedy people smugglers who inflict untold suffering on their ‘customers’.
Boris’ voters, totaling 13.9 million, gave him a mandate to control the country’s borders, and this plan is a stroke of genius to fulfill that promise.
His opponents should come up with a better plan – or put a sock in it.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18270163/boris-johnson-migrant-rwanda-plan-stroke-of-genius/ Boris’ plan to send migrants to Rwanda is a stroke of genius, and shrieking leftists who claim it’s “inhumane” know it