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UK Cracking Down On Illegal Immigration, US Lags Far Behind

Boris Johnson has the right idea.

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It is not unknown for kids to learn a lot from their mothers. In the case of border security and illegal immigration the United States could learn a lot from our Mother Country, as United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party and government leads the Free World in securing its borders and protecting its people from the scourge of illegal aliens.

FNC: “The British government introduced legislation on Tuesday that would usher in a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration – with new penalties for those who enter the country illegally and permission for the government to keep migrants in offshore detention centers. The Nationality and Borders Bill, which has a high chance of passage given the governing Conservative Party’s dominant majority in the House of Commons, saw its first reading in the chamber on Tuesday. The bill will create a new criminal offense for ‘knowingly’ entering the country illegally as part of a number of measures to prevent illegal immigration. Illegal entry will also hurt a migrant’s asylum application, and such migrants will receive only a temporary protected status rather than a right to settle, and will be subjected to regular review of their status.

The bill also gives the country’s Border Patrol more powers of arrest and provides longer prison sentences for smugglers and gangs who help migrants enter the U.K. illegally. Britain’s crackdown on illegal migration and the moves to turn away or keep migrants in centers out of the country is a stark contrast to what is currently going on in the U.S.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged to limit deportation appeals. “It is sickening that so many people who have no right to be here are able to play the system and stop us removing them,” she said.

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“If you illegally enter the U.K. via a safe country in which you could have claimed asylum, you are not seeking refuge from imminent peril – as is the intended purpose of the system – but are choosing the U.K. as a preferred destination over others,” Patel wrote in The Daily Mail.

“We will prevent these dangerous journeys to the U.K. by breaking the business model of the criminal gangs,” Patel said. “Profiteering from illegal migration to Britain will no longer be worth the risk, with new maximum life sentences for people smugglers.”

The British Left was predictably opposed.  “These plans are unconscionable – and an attempt to create a smokescreen to distract from the fact ministers have failed to reopen safe and legal routes, failed to reach an effective agreement with France to deal with criminal gangs, and failed to introduce effective border measures to stop the Delta Variant getting a foothold in this country,” Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a statement. He is, of course, barmy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team are doing what our country needs to be doing. If only we had a Conservative government run by a Conservative Party on this side of the pond. American-born Johnson would be just the man to lead it. Given that is not in the realm of present reality, we’ll settle for a Republican Congress.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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