Asserting that “every person is precious”, the Church of England has urged Britain to welcome the boatloads of illegal migrants crossing the Channel.
As ministers called on the Home Office to take action against an unprecedented influx of boats carrying migrants from the third world, the bishop of Dover told the Observer it was “crucial that we all remember that we are dealing with human beings here”.
Speaking with the backing of the church, the newspaper reports, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott said: “Across the nation, we have been celebrating the season of hope and goodwill as we remember Christ’s birth — let’s not forget so soon that every person is precious.”
With well over 100 migrants having broken into Britain by boat in recent weeks, the majority of whom reportedly hail from Iran, Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday declared a “major incident” in English waters, cutting short his Christmas break abroad to respond to the issue.
He said on Saturday: “The situation in the Channel is of grave concern, with people gambling their lives in reckless attempts to reach the UK in unsafe boats and treacherous conditions.
“It is vital we strike a balance between protecting them and protecting our borders, ensuring we do not encourage more people to make this dangerous journey.”
Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been fierce critics of attempts by the Conservative government to crack down on illegal immigration.
With both parties fierce critics of attempts by the Conservative government to crack down on illegal immigration, the response from Labour and the Liberal Democrats to the surging activity of criminal gangs ferrying people across the English Channel has been to demand ministers establish new routes via which taxpayer cash is used to import migrants directly from the third world.
Even though more than 10,000 Syrians having been flown into the UK under government resettlement programmes in the last few years, Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Ed Davey claimed that the only way to tackle illegal immigration is for Britain to “ensure safe routes to sanctuary in Britain for those forced out of their homes, whether by war in Syria or persecution in Iran”.
With hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria having left Turkey and returned home following recent military operations, Syrian women have urged Europe and other Western nations who granted asylum to young men from the Middle Eastern nation to “kick them out” and send them back to rebuild their homeland, as Breitbart London reported last week.
This is the third incident of serious violent crime in the city to take place over the Christmas period, following two ‘acid’ attacks last week.
Both attacks occurred on the 27th in different parts of the city. The first happened in the small hours of Thursday morning when a man in Stoke Newington, Hackney, north east London, had a corrosive substance thrown in his face.
Another man had ammonia thrown at him in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Thursday evening.
Both men were treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No arrests had been made in either attack.
In October, Breitbart London reported that under the leadership of Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, London had hit its highest ever level of knife crime, increasing by 15 per cent to 14,987 blade offences in a one-year period — representing 38 per cent of all knife crimes across England and Wales and averaging 41 crimes involving a blade every day.
Last month the left-wing mayor, who devotes resources to fighting online ‘hate crime’ and millions for green projects while alleging that the rise in crime across London is the fault of the Conservative government, said it could take ten years to contain London’s knife crime epidemic.