UK Threatens to Deploy Royal Navy to Tackle Illegal Migrant Crisis
Illegal immigrants hits records highs as boatloads of migrants cross English Channel
The UK Government is threatening to send Royal Navy patrols into the English Channel to tackle the spiraling illegal migrant crisis.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is reportedly "furious" after a record number of migrants successfully landed on Britain's shores from France this week.
For the first time, the Navy could start turning back boats, according to new plans drawn up by immigration officials.
On Thursday, 235 illegal migrants in 17 vessels made the perilous crossing.
The number is the highest daily total since the crisis began, surpassing the previous record of 202 set on Thursday last week.
So far this year, the number of illegals who have reached Britain is now already double the total who arrived in the whole of 2019.
Sources told Sky News the response may be scaled up after record numbers of migrants were intercepted trying to land on the Kent coast on Thursday.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak told Sky News on Friday he is "frustrated" about the situation.
He said the immigration minister would visit France next week to discuss ways to "increase cooperation."
"We all want to see these crossings reduced," he said.
"We remain committed to making sure that happens."
Government sources confirmed that the Home Office is "looking at what maritime assets" it may need to deal with the issue.
Reports in several newspapers said the Navy could be sent in to turn back migrant boats but the government has tried to downplay this.
As the warm weather continues on England's south coast, there were eight further "incidents" of migrants being intercepted at the Port of Dover on Friday morning.
A pregnant woman is believed to be among those rescued.
The rising number of migrants making the risky crossing over the Channel has risen as evictions from the Calais "jungle" migrant camp in France are said to have reached their highest numbers since 2016 - something the Calais authorities deny.