NAVY ships will patrol the English Channel from today as Boris Johnson unveils his battle plan to tackle illegal migration crossings.
At a press conference on the front line in Kent, the Prime Minister deployed troops to ensure ‘no boat arrives in the UK undetected’.
He said: “From today the Royal Navy will take over operational command of Border Force in the English Channel, taking primacy for our operational response at sea.”
New ships, state-of-the-art military drones and a Wildcat helicopter will be deployed with an additional £50million to boost surveillance.
The Prime Minister wants to catch every boat making the perilous crossing and throw the bars in prison for life under tough new sentences.
He warned: “This will send a clear message to those piloting the boats: if you risk the lives of other people in the Channel, you risk spending your own life in prison.”
The prime minister also hailed a historic deal to send migrants to Rwanda to deter them from making the dangerous journey on rickety canoes.
Asylum seekers will be flown 6,000 miles to the small African nation to have their claims processed there – rather than in British hotels at huge taxpayer expense.
Interior Minister Priti Patel is in the capital Kigali to sign the deal with Rwanda.
The prime minister said the multi-million partnership would enable “tens of thousands” of migrants to be resettled in the coming years.
Groomed for the likely backlash to his controversial plan, he lashed out at leftist lawyers “who for years have made it their mission to thwart dismissals.”
Ms Patel fumed that for too long the “naysayers have sat on their hands and watched people die” in the English Channel.
Mr Johnson promised the ambitious move would help end the small craft crisis which ‘has caused far too much human suffering and tragedy’.
He said his post-Brexit plan would crush smuggling gangs turning the sea into an “aquatic graveyard” of dead migrants.
Mr Johnson said: “About 600 crossed the Channel yesterday. In a few weeks it could be up to a thousand a day again.
“I accept that these people – whether they are 600 or a thousand – are looking for a better life, the opportunities that the UK offers and the hope of a new beginning.
“But it’s those hopes – those dreams – that have been exploited.
“These vile smugglers abuse the vulnerable and turn the English Channel into a watery graveyard, with men, women and children drowned in broken boats and suffocated in refrigerated trucks.”
He insisted the UK remains a ‘beacon of openness’, pointing out that most members of the England football team are the result of legal migration.
Ms Priti Patel is in Rwanda where she will today unveil the multi-million pound partnership to help cut the crossings.
The move, aimed at deterring illegal immigrants from flocking to Britain, is part of a major new immigration shake-up.
At least one multi-million pound migrant processing center will be set up in the north of England to save millions on hotel bills.
It will effectively kick off the next general election campaign, putting immigration at the top of the agenda.
Ministers hope shipping illegal migrants thousands of miles from their ultimate goal will deter them from trying to sneak into Britain through the back door.
Ms Patel flew to Rwanda yesterday to strike a deal with her counterparts in the small central African country.
Ms Patel will today showcase the historic ‘migration and economic partnership’ and tour a shelter where thousands of people could be housed as she pledges to fix our ‘broken asylum system’.
The Sun understands that migrants could be given money or other incentives to stay in Rwanda, rather than trying to seek asylum in Britain.
Local councils will be given extra money to stop the Home Office shelling out £4.7million a day to put asylum seekers in hotels.
Last year, 27 people drowned in a single day in the English Channel when their dilapidated raft sank.
The major new approach comes after years of failures and repeated bungs thrown at France to desperately stop the flow of boats.
The Home Secretary has repeatedly promised to bring the escalating situation under control, but the numbers have only grown.
Ministers currently spend £1.5billion a year on our dismal asylum system. Hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money have been sent to improve security in Calais and northern France.
Another £54m deal was agreed last year, with extra cash for French police patrols.
But that made little difference to the number of boats heading here.
More and more migrants are willing to risk the dangerous boat trip after 39 Vietnamese were choked to death in a truck in 2019.
Labor’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called the new scheme a “desperate and shameful” announcement to “entertain from (Mr Johnson’s) own breach of the law”.
She insisted: “This is an unworkable, unethical and exorbitant policy.
“The Interior Ministry is a catalog of failures, from passport queues and Ukrainian visa delays to rising crime and falling prosecutions.
“Instead of mastering the basics, all Priti Patel and Boris do is come up with wild, unachievable titles. Britain deserves better.
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