Can migrants be sent back to France by Priti Patel?

Can migrants arriving in the UK, or attempting to get here be sent back to France? Priti Patel the home secretary, who’s favourite nursery rhyme is ‘I’m a little despot, short and stout’ seems to think so. Does she honestly ever bang on about anything else? Well I’ve got some news for her, since incredibly, she doesn’t seem to know, or rather her own inbuilt dislike of people fleeing warzones or poverty appears to dominate her thinking.

Firstly, referring to these people who may be trying to get to the UK as all being ‘migrants’ is a media spin tactic and one Patel embraces, since it implies these people do not need to be here, they just want to come here, no doubt to ‘steal our jobs’, or other common refrains to that effect. I had no idea Brexit was a migrant! It is racist baiting rhetoric from racist right wing sources and that should be condemned by anyone with an ounce of sense.

The fact is these people may be coming here for a whole host of reasons, but put yourself in their shoes for one moment and imagine how desperate their plight may well be, if they’re prepared to try and cross the channel from France to try and find a better life for themselves, particularly if its families with young children. We’ve all seen the pictures of rescues at sea, we’ve all seen the horrific images of when these crossings go tragically wrong, so just think about that. A great many of these so-called migrants are in fact refugees and that’s a major, but often omitted difference.

Now sorting out refugees from migrants happens when these people arrive and seek asylum. Nobody can be turned away when they apply for asylum it is law that they have every right to remain here whilst their application is reviewed. Sadly under the Tory regime we are enduring, they’re not doing a great job of this. We are not supposed to send people back to unsafe destinations, yet it happens. For years, the Tories have been sending people back to Afghanistan under the pretext it was safe, when actually it was only under occupation by Western forces. How did that work out?

While the rest of the world takes tens of thousands of legitimate refugees from there now, we’re only taking 5,000 a year over the next 4-5 years. How I wonder will those in the years long queue to come here survive in the meantime? We said the same thing over Syria, Theresa May as Home Secretary pledged to take 20,000 Syrians over 5 years too. Target was missed and government attitudes have not changed, in fact they’ve only hardened further. Every legal means of coming here to seek asylum have been removed, so whilst the Tories can do nothing about international law regarding people seeking asylum once here, they’ll make it as difficult as possible to get here to start with. and so we come to that question of France.

Can we turn people around and send them back to France? The answer is no. I’ll repeat that again for the serially inept Tory MP Helen Whately who was doing the media rounds on this this morning, the answer is no. It is a violation of international maritime law – if you find someone in trouble, you have to rescue them. Can you order them to turn around? Not if it is unsafe to do so and when many of these people are arriving in small boats and dinghies, attempting to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, it is beyond doubt that they are in danger and should be rescued. Our rescue services can only bring them here, the RNLI for example, so it is dependent upon who exactly rescues such people as to where they end up taken.

Now when it comes to Priti Patel, she’s got serious form for this. She’s already attacked the RNLI for daring to rescue people and has threatened them with legal action if they don’t stop rescuing people and bringing them back here. It is their remit, they will not leave people at sea to die no matter how much she might want that and fair play to them – her attack on them led to a massive upsurge in donations to the RNLI, which operates as a charity and I’m sure such donations were indeed very welcome.

Nonetheless, Patel as recently as July paid the French £55m to increase their border patrols to stop people leaving France and heading here. With the best will in the world however, we’re talking massive stretches of coastline on both sides and you simply won’t catch them all. Sure there’s a safety aspect to stopping them leaving, if they can be stopped for their own safety they should, but it is impossible to stop the most determined from trying again and some will inevitably make it. Of course if this country provided a legitimate means of coming here to seek asylum, they wouldn’t need to take such desperate measures, so perhaps think on that as you ponder the realisation Priti Patel would rather throw tens of millions of pounds at the French to stop tiny boats leaving France, typically at night, often overcrowded, rather than provide a safe route to asylum.

Of course the other concern is that if you want to return people to France, you kind of need France’s permission to do so. They’ve refused. They won’t enable Patel to violate maritime law or endanger lives, as our border force are instructed to actually turn boats around. Our government would face legal action if they did so, so much as once.

Priti Patel has a problem with migrants. It never ceases to amaze me that her own parents came here as refugees in the 70’s from Uganda, that she has such a hardline stance against anyone wishing to come here and seek asylum from another country. The fact is her desire to turn boats around would be illegal, France will never accept these people back anyway in order to safeguard their lives, something our government refuses to prioritise. The RNLI thankfully will and it remains to be seen if Patel follows through on threats to target them for doing so. Anyone once here can claim asylum, it is for them to make their case for that, with the odds stacked against them even if they’re fleeing a warzone, such is the state of that system under the Tories. Our government are spreading racist, divisive rhetoric and desperate people fleeing goodness knows what shouldn’t be scapegoated by despotic little madams like Patel, or anyone else.

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Support the RNLI, don’t allow Patel to criminalise them.

The RNLI. They keep us safe, from our day at the seaside, or out for a sail to being on scene at the worst of shipping disasters. Down here in the South West with our massive coastlines, they are an intrinsic part of our communities, they have earned our utmost respect, they should command everyone’s respect. These brave men and women who are prepared to risk their lives to save the lives of others unconditionally. They volunteer for this. The RNLI itself relies solely on charity in order to perform its duties. There is no government money for them, they perform essential duties that no UK government has ever seen fit to fund, so they rely on us, via donations, for their entire existence.

For them to come under assault, be it verbal or otherwise is disgusting, but it comes about as a result once more of our rabidly right wing media and the disgrace for a government we’re currently enduring.

You see, the RNLI won’t discriminate. If someone is in trouble in the water, they’ll rescue them. It’s what they do. They value the sanctity of life and are prepared to risk their own to uphold that and that includes migrants.

Yes migrants. Nigel Farage fodder and our twisted government in the form of Home Secretary Priti Patel saw fit to bring a Bill to parliament, the Nationality & Borders Bill, which, if passed, criminalises asylum seekers. Now the knuckle draggers with bacon complexions will be snorting with joy at such a move, the sort of people who have no idea what the RNLI do, yet see fit to tell them how to do their job. The abusive simpletons who will never appreciate the value of this service unless they one day find themselves in need of it. Farage himself has called the RNLI a ‘taxi service for illegal immigration’, so is it any wonder the racist dipshits of this country are turning on them?

See the thing is anyone coming across in a dinghy or worse and finding themselves in trouble, the RNLI will rescue them. I mean, wouldn’t you? A boat with people of all ages, young, old, in trouble, the people on it certain to drown if you don’t do something? Unless you’re utterly sociopathic you would do something. If this Bill passes, and it’s already passed second reading now, anyone, from the passing fisherman to the RNLI lifeboat crew potentially face years of imprisonment if they don’t stand by and let them drown. Imagine if this happened back during the Holocaust, to the Kindertransport? Instead of being regarded justifiably as a hero, Sir Nicholas Winton would’ve been arrested! People seeking asylum are often from war-torn, dangerous places. Why else would they risk their lives covering enormous distances and dangerous terrain to get here, if here is their choice?

Why can’t they enter legally? You might ask. Well there are no legal routes left. The government has closed them all. Besides, calling it illegal entry doesn’t make their asylum claim any different, because anyone can claim asylum here and their presence is perfectly legal until such time as a decision is made on their application. By removing legal routes, they have caused the endangerment of these desperate people. The RNLI are mitigating the worst outcomes of this mess of the governments own making! This Bill is just another racist piece of legislation from a government renowned for it. They’ve just handed France £54m for an extra 100 migrant police on their side to try and reduce the numbers of boats coming here. Bear that in mind when our 3% nurses pay rise will end up being paid for by cuts to health services elsewhere.

Once here, they can legally claim asylum, so our government response is ‘stop them making it’, even if that means they die. Meanwhile our at sea, self-funded rescue service get called everything under the sun for daring to do their job and refusing to let people die.

They tell us it’ll hit people traffickers, but it doesn’t. It weakens alternatives to the traffickers who will just find more dangerous ways of trying to get people here.

Attacking vulnerable people, preventing them seeking asylum here any way they can, even to the point they’re prepared to criminalise a rescue organisation they don’t even see fit to fund for all our benefit, that has to fund itself. We’re led by the very worst of us, but I challenge anyone to think they can keep on sailing past a boat load of people, leaving them to drown. You wouldn’t sleep at night.

Support the RNLI if you can, consider it a subscription to giving two fingers to this racist legislation & the government pushing for it and the gammons abusing the service, but genuinely, they cannot do what they do without it.

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