French Warships Seen Escorting Illegal Migrants to UK Shores
Calls mount for illegal aliens to be jailed upon arrival
French warships have been spotted escorting boatloads of illegal migrants into British waters to dump on the UK's shores, according to reports.
Hundreds of migrants have been landing on Britain's beaches every day after making the dangerous journey across the English Channel from France in tiny inflatable dinghies arranged by human traffickers.
France's Navy has been escorting the blow-up vessels out of French waters before dumping them on the UK Border Force.
The move comes despite authorities in France being paid £54million ($74M) to stop illegal Channel crossings from their coast.
"Stretched" border officials in Dover are already struggling to contain the spiraling fiasco.
The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic appears to show a number of Border Force vessels approaching French waters so they can escort the small boats over to Dover Marina in Kent, where hundreds of migrants are arriving every day.
Tony Smith, former director-general of Border Force, said that France is "more than happy" to pocket £54million to patrol its own coast but is unwilling to actually intercept illegal Channel crossings because its own public will not accept high levels of illegal migrants at home.
Pierre-Henri Dumont, the MP for Calais, confirmed that ships will not intercept the boats, but will instead let them sail into British territorial waters - because it is apparently no their job to prevent passage under maritime - and said they would only be approached if they asked for help.
Hotels in Britain are being booked up to house illegal migrants, meaning that UK citizens looking to get married or take a holiday currently there could struggle to secure spaces.
One bride and groom - Claire Chapman, 42, and Anthony Osborne, 41 - even found that their wedding reception in Kingston Lodge Hotel in southwest London was canceled so the venue could put up migrants.
Former minister Tim Loughton said the Government is being "fobbed off" by the French authorities over the migrant crisis and said lawyers believe France could stop migrant boats on the water and take them back.
He also told the Home Affairs Committee Border Force could return them to France if they gained permission and said this was because the migrants had broken the law by paying money to gangs to get to Britain as well as illegal entry.
Mr. Loughton accused Home Secretary Priti Patel of throwing "good money over bad" and of allowing France to "make a mockery" of international law, obliging them to intercept boats and return them to French territory if they have launched from France.
Speaking to MailOnline, Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "It really is absurd to pay the French to do something they should be doing, and ultimately to little effect.
"It is their responsibility to control their coastline.
"Their demand for payment to carry out their responsibilities is a disgrace.
"Perhaps we should insist on a contribution from them to run our Border Force.
"They are having a laugh."
It comes as MPs last night backed sweeping new laws which allow British authorities to prosecute thousands of "asylum-seekers" who enter the UK illegally, with sentences of up to four years in jail.
The controversial Nationality and Borders Bill will introduce life sentences for people-smugglers, enable asylum seekers to be processed offshore and give the Border Force new powers to prevent Channel crossings.
However, the measures will not take effect for months as the bill is not expected to pass all its stages through Parliament until the end of the year.
About 150 migrants from parts of Africa made the dangerous crossing from northern France to Dover yesterday, taking the total this year to around 8,500 - a new annual record which is set to get even higher as people-smugglers take advantage of flat seas and clear skies.