More than 100 migrants crossed the English Channel in tiny boats after a man was rescued by the French Navy as he attempted the 21-mile kayak trip

Today, more than 100 migrants crossed the The English Channel in tiny boats after a man was rescued by the French navy as he attempted the 21-mile kayak trip.

At around 10.30am, the Border Force Ranger ship ferried the first group of 30 to 40 migrants to Dover, Kent.

An elderly woman was spotted being helped into a wheelchair by British officials as they waited at the port to remove her from the boat.

A few women and children were among the latest arrivals, reportedly arrested from two dinghies.

A little girl in primary school and a toddler were taken out of the boat by a female Border Force member.

A slightly older boy followed them closely before handing them over to soldiers wearing high-visibility vests and camouflage suits.

The remaining men were led down the gangway to be dealt with by British authorities after the women and children were taken off the ship.

Dozens of additional migrants entered the port around 3 a.m. thanks to the Border Force cutter Hurricane.

British officials wearing white biohazard suits and masks helped the gathering, which was mainly made up of men, off the boat.

Two small children were with a woman who was seen carrying her belongings in a small pouch as a Border Force employee walked with her toddler.

At least 100 people have been detained in five small boats, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD), while the exact number of migrants who crossed today is yet to be confirmed.

It comes when Priti Patel’s promise to sentence smugglers caught driving a dinghy full of migrants across the English Channel to life in prison is rescinded.

The maximum prison sentence for “assisting illegal immigration” under new laws that came into effect last week has been increased from 14 years to life. Tougher penalties under the Nationality and Borders Act.

The rule was changed as more than 3,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in June, which was the highest monthly total this year. Today alone, 100 migrants crossed the English Channel.

But after his plan for Rwanda failed to take off last month, the Home Secretary’s promise to end cross-Channel trafficking received another blow when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that sentences of two to three years in prison “would be appropriate for pilots”. small boats with their ‘hand on the helm’.’

While the sentence is two to three years, dinghy pilots can be released in one year to 18 months if they act properly behind bars.

The conclusion, in a judgment of the Court of Appeal, led a legal expert to say The Independent: ‘No one will come close to life’, adding: ‘The maximum sentence of life imprisonment has been informed in press releases to give the impression that the government is being tough, knowing that once these cases are brought in court, no one will get him his life.”

The Home Office has insisted that the change to the law will lead to tougher penalties. MailOnline has asked the government department for comment.

In a statement issued when the laws came into force on Tuesday, a spokesperson said: ‘Anyone caught piloting a boat carrying migrants across the English Channel could face life behind bars from around the world. today, in the biggest overhaul of the asylum system in decades.”

Priti Patel added: “These new measures will enable us to crack down on abuse of the system and evil smugglers, who will now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment following the coming into force of this law.”

This comes after the Griz-Nez Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS) identified a boat in difficulty off Dunkirk on Friday.

The French navy patrol vessel Flamant rescued a man stranded in a kayak and dropped him off at the port of Dunkirk.

Back at the dock, he was taken care of by the border police.

The policy will apply to migrants seen taking the helm of dinghies and other small boats in northern France.

Military and civilian drones in use over the English Channel are already capturing high definition video footage for use as evidence in court.

The law, passed by Parliament in April, also introduces a new ‘dual-track’ asylum system which will grant fewer rights to those arriving through illegal channels, even if they are ultimately found to have a legitimate claim for refugee status.

As part of other measures, the Home Office may impose visa penalties on citizens of countries that refuse to take back their own nationals.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘This is one of the most crucial steps in delivering on our promise to the British public to regain control of our borders.

“While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the global migration crisis, these reforms taking effect today play a vital role in overhauling the broken asylum system as we implement our new plan. for immigration.”

She added: “We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that we provide protection and refuge to those who really need it, but these new measures will allow us to crack down on abuses of the system and evil smugglers, who will now be subject to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment following the coming into force of this law.

The law also increases the maximum penalty for breaking UK immigration laws or overstaying a visa from six months to four years in prison. In addition, it allows incarcerated foreign offenders to leave the UK up to 12 months before the end of their sentence.

According to an analysis of government data by the PA news agency, 3,136 people made the trip in June on 76 boats, traveling 19 of those days.

It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel announced plans to transfer migrants to Rwanda in a bid to stop people making the trip two and a half months prior.

March saw 3,074 crossings, the second highest number of crossings out of the 12,690 people who made the trip in the first half of this year.

According to the Ministry of Interior data for the first quarter of the year and subsequent data collected by the Ministry of Defense, tiny boats like dinghies made the passage in May 2,871, 2,143 in April, 1 322 in January and 144 in February after transiting congested sea lanes. of France (MdD).

Since 2018, November 2021 saw the highest number of crossings with 6,971 in total.

The amount so far in 2022 is more than five times that recorded between January and June 2020 (2,493) and more than double that recorded in the first six months of the previous year (5,917).

On Thursday there were still crossings, and 94 individuals arrived in two boats in Dover, Kent. On Friday, however, activity slowed due to a change in weather.

Miss Patel signed a ‘world’s first’ deal with Rwanda on April 14 that will allow the East African country to accept asylum seekers who the UK says have come ‘illegally’ and are therefore inadmissible under the new immigration laws.

However, the first deportation flight, which was scheduled to take off on June 14, was blocked due to legal issues.

51,824 people have crossed since 2018, according to statistics.

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