Wrote a joint letter with 27 other members of the Common Sense group of Conservative MPs to the Prime Minister calling for urgent new legislation to overhaul our asylum system. The current system is not fit for purpose and acts like a magnet for more illegal immigration. The law as it stands rewards people for coming here illegally by allowing them to stay while their asylum claim is being processed and puts up barriers to deportation, even when asylum claims have been rejected.
The bottom line is that no one who breaks our laws to come here should be allowed to stay and they should be removed immediately. Asylum claims should be made and processed in centres outside the UK close to where the most needy are located and the current system is completely unfair to those who want to come here legally.
Removing the pull factors which incentivise dangerous crossings of the English Channel is just as important as turning all illegal boats around. And both must be done if we are to get a grip of the situation. With other MPs I met with the Home Secretary earlier this month to call for action on these issues and this latest letter follows two joint letters previously sent about illegal Channel crossings.
It’s completely unacceptable that anyone can be rewarded for breaking our laws and I agree with all those who feel that the current system allows the generosity and hospitality of this country to be abused. Putting the system back on the side of the law-abiding people of this country and those who wish to come here legally must be a priority when Parliament returns next week. And I’ll continue working with other MPs to push for this to happen.