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Illegal Immigration Has ‘Get Out Of Control’, Braverman Claims As She Defends Actions Over Manston Center | political news

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she “never ignored legal advice” about sending migrants to hotels from a crowded processing center.

The Minister of Internal Affairs said she knew “how important it is to take legal advice into account” and has never tried to prevent migrants from being sent from the Manston migrant processing center to hotels.

“At every point I have worked hard to find shelter to relieve the pressure on Manston,” she told MPs in the House of Commons.

She also said illegal migration is “getting out of control” and spoke of an “invasion on our south coast”, with the huge numbers arriving through the Channel making it impossible to accommodate them.

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Labor had accused the Home Secretary of keeping quiet about the worsening Channel crisis and overcrowding at the Manston processing center in Kent, where outbreaks of MRSA and diphtheria have been reported.

The site was designed for just 1,000 people, intended to stay for just 48 hours, but there are currently around 4,000 migrants – more than any UK prison population.

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Hundreds more people were transferred to the Manston facility yesterday, after a petrol bomb attack at the Border Force migrant center in Dover. Ms. Braverman said the police are not treating it as a terrorist attack.

The Home Secretary has come under mounting pressure after a report in The Times claimed she had blocked transfers of asylum seekers from Manston to new hotels and ignored legal advice that the government was illegally detaining people there.

Nearly 1,000 migrants arrived in the UK on Saturday as they made the treacherous journey across the world’s busiest shipping route in small boats to land in Dover.

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Manston Migrant Processing Center in Thanet, Kent

‘It’s just not true’

But during questions from MPs in the House of Commons, she has repeatedly insisted that this was wrong and has even approved the use of dozens of new hotels to accommodate migrants since Liz Truss made her Home Secretary in September, before resigning and six days later was reappointed by Rishi Sunak.

“I have never blocked the purchase of hotels or alternative accommodation to relieve the pressure on Manston, that is simply not true,” Ms Braverman said.

“More than 30 new hotels have been agreed since September 6, which will provide 4,500 extra beds, far more than those in Manston.

“Since then, 4,000 have left Manston, most of them for hotels.”

An interior ministry source also said it is “clear she has not ignored any legal advice” on hotels, but two government sources have told Sky News they believe the interior minister has ignored the official advice and has not. signed for accommodation so that people can be processed within the expected timeframes.

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An image of people believed to be migrants at Manston's temporary immigration shelter facility at the former Defense Fire Training and Development Center in Thanet, Kent.
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People thought they were migrants at Manston processing center

Ms Braverman also said she was stunned to find when she became Home Secretary that an average of £150 a night was being spent for each migrant housed in hotels.

Some four-star hotels were used for asylum seekers, she added, saying, “To me, that’s not an acceptable use of taxpayers’ money.”

Ms Braverman attacked Labor for claiming that the migrants arriving through the Channel are refugees and not economic migrants. coast and who does not.

“Let’s stop pretending they’re all refugees in need, the whole country knows that’s not true.”

She said she is “very serious about ending the scourge of illegal migration” and restoring “our hopelessly lax asylum system”.

And she added that she is not willing to “release thousands of people in local communities without a place to stay”.

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Security breach scandal

Ms. Braverman also faces phone calls to discuss security breaches during her time as Secretary of the Interior under Liz Truss.

The new Prime Minister, Mr Sunak, has been under pressure over his decision to appoint Ms Braverman as Home Secretary since he gave her the job last week but has assisted her.

The Home Secretary resigned from the same role in Mrs Truss’ government after she sent sensitive policy documents from her personal email to former Security Secretary Sir John Hayes and the assistant to another MP, thus extending the ministerial code. violated.

But six days later, after Sunak became prime minister, she got her job back.

She told MPs on Monday that she “has been clear that I made a mistake of judgement…I took responsibility for it and resigned”.

The Home Secretary added that it was “wrong, wrong, wrong” that she ever sent top secret documents from her personal email, whether about cybersecurity or intelligence services that would endanger national security.

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In a letter to the Home Affairs Committee released Monday, Ms. Braverman admitted that she had sent official documents from her government email to her personal account. on six different occasions during her first six-week term as Home Secretary.

She said she apologized to Mr Sunak for the violation for which she resigned when he reappointed her as interior minister.

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