Rishi Sunak ‘plans to ban channel migrants from deportation’

Migrants on a boat in the English Channel.

Migrants may soon be unable to stay based on human rights law (Image: Getty)

The Prime Minister is reportedly drafting plans to prevent people arriving in Britain by boat from appealing their deportation.

According to a report by The Times, the Home Office is considering several plans that could be implemented in the near future.

Migrants could be excluded from appeals against automatic expulsion from the asylum system – or only after their deportation.

Another option reportedly being considered is preventing migrants from using human rights law as a basis for residency.

Previously, people used the law to claim their right to family life and argue that they should be allowed to stay close to relatives in the UK.

The Home Office declined to comment specifically on the report, which was seen by the Times and Sky News.

A spokesman said: “The unacceptable number of people risking their lives making these dangerous crossings is putting an unprecedented strain on our asylum system.

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“Our priority is to stop this and prevent these illegal crossings, and our new Small Boats Operational Command – reinforced with hundreds of additional personnel – is working hard to disrupt the people smugglers’ business model.

“We are also going a step further by introducing legislation to ensure that anyone entering the UK illegally is arrested and promptly deported either to their home country or to a safe third country.”

Rishi Sunak has long taken a tough stance on immigration and made increasing migrant crossings one of his top five priorities when he took office.

Most recently, he told TalkTV’s Piers Morgan that illegal immigrants “won’t be able to stay here”.

He said: “So what this new law will say is if you come here illegally, for an illegal migrant here, then you cannot stay here.

“And indeed we will be able to arrest you and then within days or weeks – not months or years – we will hear your application and we will (in the vast majority of cases) have the opportunity to send you in alternative safe country – be it the country you come from if it is safe like Albania or indeed Rwanda.”

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