I welcome moves by the Home Office to bring in a 14-day quarantine for migrants who cross the English Channel illegally – and talks with France aimed at increasing the number of returns.
The news comes as another 14 migrants were intercepted yesterday, following a record day recorded over the Bank Holiday weekend.
I have been campaigning for illegal entrants to be quarantined as well as for more to be returned to France.
I’ve been pressing Home Office ministers to quarantine anyone arriving here illegally for 14 days pending their return. It is welcome that the Home Secretary has listened and is taking robust action so that quarantine will now happen and talks with France about returning illegal entrants are also underway.
Returns are so important – because these arrivals will only stop when traffickers and migrants alike know they won’t succeed.