The job of keeping us safe just got harder: As the Mail reveals suspected terrorists have entered Britain posing as Channel migrants sources say the authorities’ hands are tied
- Suspected terrorists are believed to be living in hotels funded by the taxpayer
- Read more: Nineteen suspected terrorists crossed the Channel on small boats
Today’s revelation that suspected terrorists have entered Britain posing as small boat migrants brings a whole new context to the Channel crisis.
It was already known that hundreds of criminals had been identified among arrivals from France – raising huge questions about Britain’s porous border and the Government’s ability to protect its citizens.
Now we know that the problem is far, far worse.
The 19 terror suspects who camouflaged themselves as would-be refugees to enter the UK are known to be affiliated with some of the most murderous groups in the world, including Islamic State and the Somali Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab.
The security services were already under pressure keeping tabs on thousands of individuals who pose an active threat in the UK.
Today’s disclosure by the Mail highlights the nonsensical laws and processes which apply to Channel migrants (file image)
The 19 terror suspects who camouflaged themselves as would-be refugees to enter the UK are known to be affiliated with some of the most murderous groups in the world (file image)
It has now emerged that the Channel crisis has added to that number.
Although the exact level of threat posed by the 19 men remains unknown, it is thought some are considered dangerous enough to require surveillance.
Today’s disclosure by the Mail highlights the nonsensical laws and processes which apply to Channel migrants.
If any known terrorist arrived in this country by legal routes – such as a scheduled flight – they would most likely be stopped and identified at immigration control.
They would then almost certainly be refused entry to Britain under the Home Secretary’s powers to exclude someone on national security grounds.
But if the same terrorist arrives by small boat across the Channel, they cannot be turned away.
Read More: Revealed: Nineteen suspected terrorists with links to groups including Islamic State crossed the Channel on small boats last year – with most ‘lodging asylum claims to stop them being deported’
Human rights laws and international refugee conventions require they be given an opportunity to claim the right to live in this country indefinitely.
In fact, the 19 who came here last year are now thought to be living in hotels on full board at the taxpayers’ expense, some of them for many months already.
With average nightly costs of £150, that means each suspect is costing the public purse about £4,500 a month, or £55,000 a year, in support costs alone.
It is understood there can be no criminal prosecutions because the evidence against them is based on intelligence material – which cannot be used in courts – and sources say the authorities’ hands are tied.
The predicament will add further weight to the argument that Channel arrivals must be dealt with in an entirely new way, as the Illegal Migration Bill sets out to do.
Suella Braverman’s legislation, currently going through Parliament, will give the Home Secretary new powers to detain ‘irregular’ arrivals, such as those who come by small boat.
The ability to bring human rights challenges will be curtailed, and the Home Office will be able to remove failed applicants to Rwanda or another safe country.
The Bill faces opposition from Labour, other opposition parties and even – on some of its measures – from within the Conservatives’ own backbenchers.
Now we know that terrorist suspects who despise our way of life have used the Channel as an open door to Britain, those opponents face some very deep soul-searching about the potential consequences of leaving this country’s border exposed to abuse.
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