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Movies re: Brit Fishermen & Cabbie Rage-French Tow Migrants Back-Why Can't We?

UK to Pay FAILED Asylum Seekers to Move to Rwanda Under New Scheme - UK to Pay at Least £370m to Rwanda For Asylum Deal

Failed asylum seekers are to be offered £3,000/$3,840 to move to Rwanda under a new voluntary scheme.


BBC 14 MAR 2024







The plan, first reported by The Times, is understood to be a variation of an existing voluntary returns scheme, where failed asylum seekers receive cash to return to their home country.

It will be open to anyone whose asylum claim has been rejected by the UK.


In particular it is aimed at those who cannot return to their home countries.

The government is already trying to implement a separate scheme under which people deemed to have arrived illegally in the UK would be deported to Rwanda.

That plan had been blocked by the courts, which raised concerns about Rwanda's safety.

In order to overcome those objections, the government is currently trying to pass its Safety of Rwanda Bill, which would deem the East African country to be a safe place.

The BBC has been told that, unlike that scheme, this new arrangement would be voluntary and therefore not dependent on the bill being approved by Parliament.

A Home Office spokesman said voluntary returns were "an important part of our efforts to tackle illegal migration".

"We are exploring voluntary relocations for those who have no right to be here to Rwanda, who stand ready to accept people who wish to rebuild their lives and cannot stay in the UK," they added.

Failed asylum seekers who choose to be relocated would be allowed to legally work in the country, unlike in the UK. They would also get additional support upon arrival in Rwanda.

The scheme will also be opened up to other people with no right to remain in the UK, and foreign criminals.

There is no date for when the first people would be relocated under the scheme, and no set figure on the number of people who may choose to take part in it.


'No Chance'


According to official statistics, 19,253 people were voluntarily removed from the UK last year. Of these, 3,319 received a "reintegration package" or flights paid by the Home Office - the highest number since 2010.

The Home Office says payments under the current scheme "can pay for" temporary accommodation in the destination country, or education costs, or the cost of setting up a business.

Responding to the government's latest announcement, Labour's shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock said: "Even government ministers are finally recognising that their Rwanda scheme has no chance of succeeding, so they're resorting to paying people to go there instead."

He said Rwanda had "very limited capacity" for accepting people and that the government should "make clear how many people they expect to send on this basis, and what the cost will be.




"There have been so many confused briefings around the Rwanda policy that the public will be forgiven for treating this latest wheeze with a degree of scepticism."








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Movies Migrant Onslaught at US Southern Border, And Its' TRUMPs' Fault NOT Bidens

There is An Migrant Onslaught at The US Southern Border, And Its' TRUMPs' Fault NOT Bidens

Why Did TRUMP Urge Republicans to Turn Against Border Security in The Bipartisan Senate Border Security Bill?


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TRUMP made $$ millions in donations to 'build the wall' BUT he and Roger Stone kept the money and never paid the contractors and some went BUST













The wall was never finished and Mexican smugglers found it easy to cut through sections of US southern border wall




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TRUMP tried to single-handedly suspend asylum in between ports of entry along the southern border through a proclamation in 2018, using a law House Speaker Mike Johnson and other Republicans have urged Mr. Biden to invoke.

TRUMP made this clear when he urged Republicans in Congress to turn against the bipartisan Senate Border Security Bill so that he could keep the issue alive through the presidential election, and claim credit for it when he became president again. Some of his supporters fell in line.



The Bill, in Brief

The $118 billion bill, called the Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, sought significant changes in border policy. It included money to build more border barriers, to greatly expand detention facilities, and to hire more Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents, asylum officers and immigration judges to reduce the years-long backlog in cases to determine asylum eligibility.

It sought to expedite the asylum process, essentially ending — in most cases — the so-called “catch and release” policy whereby migrants are released into the U.S. pending asylum hearings. And it would have increased the standard of evidence needed to win asylum status.

The bill also would have supplied more funding to interdict fentanyl and human trafficking

“It doesn’t have everything in it I wanted, it doesn’t have everything it it my Democratic colleagues wanted,” one of the architects of the bill, Republican Sen. James Lankford, said from the Senate floor before the vote was taken. “But it definitely makes a difference.”

In the lead-up to the vote, Lankford accused his Republican colleagues of opposing the bill on political, rather than policy, grounds.





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Movies Brit Fishermen & Cabbie Rage-French Tow Migrants Back-Why Can't We?

'The French Are Towing Them Back - Why Can't We?' Cabbie Rages Over Small Boats

British Fishermen Complains About The French Not Pushing Back Boats! - 'IT'S A DISGRACE'


23 APR 2024





Cabbie Grant Davies took former immigration minister Robert Jenrick to task



He said that if France could escort dinghies leaving Calais into British waters then our Navy should be allowed to tow them straight back.

Grant - who is the Transport Secretary in the Sun’s Cabinet of readers - said illegal immigration was the main gripe of passengers in the back of his taxi.



Britain is paying Paris around half a billion pounds for help stopping smuggling gangs packing migrants on dangerous journeys across the Channel
‘Why can’t the Royal Navy tow migrants back to France?’...

TV interviewed a British fisherman to get his experience of asylum seekers crossing the English channel to claim asylum in Britain.

He said that he doesn't understand why the French authorities aren't doing more to stop the boats or detain people before they get onboard a vessel.





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Movies re: Rwanda Underway:Migrants Put in Vans, Dublin Detains 200 & Destroys Tent City

French Police Slice Migrant Boat With Knife and Use Pepper Spray to Thwart Crossings

Sacré blown! French police use knives to sink asylum seekers' boat in Dunkirk - before an army of migrants then go on to overpower tear gas cops and ride on ANOTHER dinghy to the UK


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French authorities have been increasingly accused of a soft-touch approach, fuelled by photographs showing officers standing by as heavily-laden boats enter the Channel.


But they have been told to significantly ramp up their efforts after five migrants - including a seven-year-old girl - were killed after a rival group armed with sticks and knives stormed their dinghy on Tuesday.

'It's an impossible task - there are just too many boats now. It's like playing whack-a-mole. You stop one boat and then another arrives,' an officer told the Sun.





However, despite attempts to stop the boat by slashing it open, the police ultimately failed, when another dinghy arrived just 15 minutes later.

The migrants, who were mainly from Sudan and Vietnam, hopped into the new vessel after breaking through police lines and managing to push off to sea before cops could stop them.







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Movies Migrants Escape to Ireland From UK to Avoid Rwanda-UK WONT Take Them Back

UK’s Rwanda Plan is Causing an Increase in Migration to Ireland.. Rwanda Bill Has Caused Migrants to Pour Into Ireland

UK will not accept return of asylum seekers from Ireland, Rishi Sunak says


BBC 1 MAY 2024




Rwanda policy: UK and Irish ministers to meet as tensions grow over asylum seekers



British and Irish ministers are set to meet as tensions grow over the UK's policy on migrants.

The Irish government says it's seeing an influx of asylum seekers coming from Northern Ireland because they are "fearful" of being sent to Rwanda.

And it says it will not allow Ireland to provide a "loophole" for anybody else's "migration challenges".

But the UK says it will not take them back unless the EU changes its position on returning migrants to France.

Talks between the UK home secretary and Irish justice minister were due to take place on Monday, but were postponed late on Sunday without explanation.

However, ministers are due to gather in London for a scheduled meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.

Rwanda plan: Ireland 'won't provide loophole', says Taoiseach



What is the UK's plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda?

Ireland has said 80% of recent asylum seekers arrived from Northern Ireland.



Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has argued that any increased flow of people into Ireland shows that the Rwanda asylum policy, which became law last week, is already working as a deterrent.

On Sunday, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Simon Harris said he would not "allow anybody else's migration policy to affect the integrity of our own one".

He said he had asked Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee to bring legislation to cabinet on Tuesday that would enable asylum seekers to be sent back to the UK.

The planned legislation follows an Irish High Court ruling that Ireland could not designate the UK a "safe third country" and return asylum seekers because of the threat they would be sent to Rwanda.

However, a UK government source said the UK would not accept "any asylum returns from the EU via Ireland until the EU accepts that we can send them back to France."

Many of those entering the UK illegally in recent years have arrived via crossings in small boats from France. In 2023, a total of 29,437 people entered the UK through this route.

The source added that the government was "fully focussed on operationalising our Rwanda scheme and will continue working with the French to stop the boats from crossing the Channel".

Monday's meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference, which was established under the Good Friday Agreement and has met regularly since, will be co-chaired by Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris and Irish foreign minister Micheal Martin.

Late on Sunday, it was announced that a meeting between Home Secretary James Cleverly and Ms McEntee was not going ahead.

The Irish Department of Justice said the meeting would be "rescheduled in the near future", though no further details were given.

Ms McEntee had said earlier that she planned to raise migration with Mr Cleverly.

Under the Rwanda policy, anyone arriving in the UK illegally will be deported to the east African country and given the option to claim asylum there.

The plan was approved by Parliament on Thursday after months of political wrangling and legal challenges. The government has said it plans to have the first flights take off within 10 to 12 weeks.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Mr Sunak was asked whether the concerns raised by the Irish government suggested that the UK was "exporting the problem".

"The deterrent is - according to your comment - already having an impact," he said.

"People are worried about coming here and that demonstrates exactly what I'm saying: if people come to our country illegally, but know that they won't be able to stay, they're much less likely to come."

The Home Office confirmed late on Sunday that migrants would start to be detained in the coming weeks in preparation for the first flights to Rwanda.

It came after the Guardian reported that the detentions were set to begin on Monday.




Ireland Plans to Return Asylum Seekers to UK Under New Emergency Laws





Tents housing asylum seekers pitched near the International Protection Office in Dublin

Irish premier Simon Harris has said that Ireland won’t “provide a loophole for anybody else’s migration challenges”.





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Movies Rwanda Underway:Migrants Put in Vans, Dublin Detains 200 & Destroys Tent City

Rwanda Crackdown Finally Gets Underway:

-- Moment first illegal migrants set to be deported are handcuffed, put in vans and detained in dawn immigration raids

Dublins' Tent City is Destroyed and All 200 Asylum Seekers Taken Away as Irish Anger Grows Over Migrants Fleeing Britains' Rwanda Relocation Scheme

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Rwanda government's deputy spokesperson Alain Mukuralinda said that authorities here have been planning for the migrants' arrival for two years



The first migrants set to be deported to Rwanda have been detained.


The Home Office said a series of operations took place across the country this week, with more activity due to be carried out in the coming weeks.


Officials have not yet said how many people have been detained, or where they were taken into custody.

Women are understood to be among those detained by Home Office enforcement officers in a series of raids this week after being picked to be sent to Rwanda.

Department officials refused to say how many people had been held so far, arguing that ongoing operations prevented them from doing so. They confirmed more than two people had been detained, with both men and women in custody.

It comes ahead of the Government's bid to get flights to send migrants to the east African nation off the ground by July, after the Safety of Rwanda Act became law last week.

Enforcement action is said to have taken place throughout the UK - in England, Wales and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland - since midday on Monday.

Children are not expected to be detained as part of the operations

In one video, a team of about six officials – all thought to be from the Home Office's Immigration Enforcement unit – arrive at a terraced house and enter through the front door.

It is not known at this stage how many people have been held in total.

Downing Street said: 'The next stage of Prime Minister's plan to stop the boats has begun.

'We're working at home and abroad to deliver on this priority.'


Dublins' Tent City is Destroyed and All 200 Asylum Seekers Taken Away




















Asylum seekers walk past the gate of an International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) tented accommodation service, provided to asylum seekers that were moved from Dublin City








Irish authorities launched an operation to move asylum seekers who created a 'tent city' on Mount Street in central Dublin amid an ongoing row with the British government over immigration.


Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough beside the city's International Protection Office, setting up makeshift accommodation around the building that snakes off down nearby streets.

A slew of videos circulating on social media showed how officers in hi-vis this morning bundled up tents as the migrants filed onto a string of coaches dispatched to Mount Street.

A truck-mounted crane was even deployed to tear the canvas structures away from the pavement and deposit them into a skip - or pull them into the street where officers could squirrel them away.

The migrants meanwhile were split between Dublin's Citywest hotel and at a sitein Crooksling, where authorities had erected hardy makeshift accommodation with proper toilets and sanitation facilities.

Around 1,700 asylum seekers are believed to be living on the streets in Ireland after crossing the border from Northern Ireland, with some expressing their fear that they could be sent to Rwanda by the UK government if they had stayed.

Rishi Sunak yesterday declared he is 'not interested' in taking back migrants from Ireland given that the EU refuses to take back Channel migrants who arrived from France - a sharp response to senior Irish ministers who warned they would draft emergency laws to force refugees back to the UK.

It comes as migrants who were living in the now dismantled Dublin tent city yesterday thanked the Prime Minister for refusing to allow them back to Britain - because they 'don't want to go to Rwanda'







French cops watched as child was stampeded to death' Harry Cole & James Cleverly clash on migrants




Rwanda Bill: Asylum seekers warn others not to seek refuge in UK




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Movies Migrants: BBC Tracks Down Smuggler Behind English Channel Crossing

BBC Tracks Down Smuggler Behind English Channel Crossing Which Killed girl, 7

It was a confrontation that marked the culmination of a BBC investigation that had begun 51 days earlier - hours after five people, including a seven-year-old girl named Sara, had died in the sea off northern France.


She had suffocated beneath a crush of bodies inside an inflatable boat.

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As he ambled, nonchalantly, across a sunlit public square, the smuggler appeared to have no idea he was being followed. The 'Mountains’ real name was Rebwar Abas Zangana, a Kurdish man from northern Iraq.





He was a short, stocky, 39-year-old in a pale green shell suit and baseball cap - an unremarkable figure taking an afternoon stroll from a tented migrant reception centre to a nearby tram station.

Our team broke into a run.

“We know who you are,” I said, as we caught up with him halfway across the square in Luxembourg’s capital city.

“You’re a smuggler.”

That investigation had taken us from the informal migrant camps around Calais and Boulogne, to a French police unit in Lille, to a market town in Essex, to the Belgian port of Antwerp, Berlin, and finally to Luxembourg and a three-day stakeout at the gates of the country’s migrant reception centre.

The man now facing us - eyes narrowed, shoulders and hands raised in a half-shrug - was, we knew for sure, the smuggler who had been paid to organise Sara and her family’s dangerous voyage to England.

This is the story of how we tracked him down.

“I swear it’s not me,” the smuggler declared, repeatedly, backing towards a nearby tram station beside Luxembourg’s European Court of Justice.

But we had already seen his Iraqi passport and an Italian identity card. Moments after we began to confront him, a final piece of the jigsaw slotted into place, when his phone began ringing in his pocket.

At first, he ignored it, but when he finally pulled it out and we saw the incoming call number on his screen, we had conclusive proof of his guilt.

Why? Because we were the ones ringing him.

In the previous weeks, a member of our BBC team had been posing as a migrant seeking to cross the Channel to England. After reaching out to several alleged middlemen working within the smuggler’s wider network, our colleague, “Mahmoud”, had finally been put in direct contact with him.

We had then secretly recorded several phone conversations with the smuggler - speaking to him on the same phone he was now holding in his hand. In those calls he had confirmed his identity and told us he was still in the smuggling business.

For a fee, he said he could offer us “an easy journey” with “extra guards, all carrying weapons” in the next small boat leaving northern France. The current price was €1,500 (£1,269) per person.

As we stood before him now, we could see our telephone number, clearly, on his phone’s screen.

We had found our man.

Our investigation had been prompted by the experience of watching a desperate incident unfold on the French coast on 23 April.

We had been waiting, overnight, on a beach outside the resort town of Wimereux - a place we knew was a favourite launch site.

We had filmed as a group of French police had sought to intercept a boat, clashing violently with two groups of smugglers and their passengers.

The police failed to stop them from boarding and we watched the chaos as the two separate passenger groups battled for space on the dangerously overcrowded inflatable. Smugglers routinely pack more than 60 people on to such boats, but this one had more than 100.

A small girl in a pink jacket - later identified as Sara - was briefly visible on her father’s shoulders.

Minutes later, a few dozen metres from the shore, she and four others were dead.

Some survivors, and the bodies of the dead, were taken back to shore by French rescuers - but the boat, with dozens of people still onboard, eventually continued on to England.

It was the second fatal small boat incident of the year near Wimereux. We had now reported on both.

In the days that followed, we found Sara’s family and spoke to her father Ahmed about his grief, about the guilt he and his wife felt for putting their three children at such risk, and about the fear of imminent deportation from Europe that drove his decision to attempt a crossing to the UK.

After fleeing from Iraq 14 years earlier, Ahmed’s asylum claim in Belgium had been repeatedly rejected on the grounds that his hometown of Basra was now classified as a safe area. He had recently been warned he could be deported from Belgium within days. His children - all born in Europe - had grown up living with relatives in Sweden, but had also just been given a final order to leave the country.

But we also wanted to dig deeper, to find the specific criminal gangs responsible for that boat, and to understand how they fitted into a larger, lucrative network that continued to funnel tens of thousands of migrants towards a small stretch of French coastline.

On 18 June, 15 small boats brought 882 people across the Channel - a record for a single day this year, which helped to edge the total number reaching the UK so far this year well over 12,000.

Following Sara’s death, British police soon announced they had detained two suspected smugglers who are now awaiting extradition to France. But these were young men, allegedly working on the boat itself. Not the powerful bosses in charge behind the scenes.

We set out to find and speak to as many survivors from that April night as possible, meeting some in the informal migrant camps or hostels for asylum seekers near the coast in France. Most of them asked us not to use their names, not least because some were planning to make further attempts at crossing the Channel.

A young Kuwaiti man, who had been next to Sara as she died and had phoned the French police to ask for help, successfully made it to the UK a few weeks later. We tracked him down to Essex.

Many of the dozens of people who boarded the boat with Sara and her family knew nothing about those in charge of the operation. They had spoken only to relatively junior middlemen who can often be found outside the train stations in Calais or Boulogne, looking for potential clients.

Once a price had been agreed - and there was seldom much haggling - most people then went on to deposit funds electronically with intermediaries. They told us these were usually trusted businessmen, sometimes operating from barber's shops or grocery stores in places like Turkey, Paris or London. The middlemen would then pass the money on to the smuggling gang immediately after a successful crossing.

But three people - including two who had been on the same boat as Sara - told us the smuggling gang they had dealt with was operating out of the Belgian port of Antwerp, a city known for its criminal networks and illegal drugs trade. They also agreed that the gang was led by a man nicknamed Jabal - “The Mountain” in Arabic. Two of them had met Jabal in person. One had spoken by phone.

The trail also took us further east to Berlin, where another source confirmed Jabal’s identity and told us he had promised him a second crossing attempt, after a first one had gone wrong.

All our sources, by this point, were telling us that The Mountain was in Belgium, probably Antwerp.

We arrived in Antwerp in May and began working on a plan to locate and confront The Mountain. One of his previous clients had shared a photograph, and another source had provided us with a copy of his Iraqi passport and a European identity card that appeared to have been issued in 2021 in a remote Italian hill town where investigations are under way into organised crime.

We discovered that The Mountain’s real name was Rebwar Abas Zangana, a Kurdish man from northern Iraq. Unmarried. Apparently a devout Muslim. A migrant himself - with an unclear immigration status - who was known to have been living recently in Calais, Brussels, and Antwerp. We were told he worked with two partners and that there might be an even more senior figure back in Iraq.


Mahmoud - our Arabic-speaking colleague posing as a migrant seeking a route to the UK - met a middleman in a barber’s shop in Antwerp, who confirmed that he knew The Mountain and would arrange for him to call us.

We waited nearly two weeks for that call, but eventually, late one night, our phone rang.

“Hello. So you want to get to Britain? How many seats do you need? Are you ready?”

The Mountain spoke in short, curt sentences. On that call, and two subsequent phone conversations, he confirmed that he was still very much in business, assuring us that the trip across the Channel was “a safe job”, and that he had refined his tactics since Sara’s death.

“How many of you are ready?” he asked, adding that the weather in Calais wasn’t good enough for a crossing the next day.

But hours after that first call to us, we learned from a source that The Mountain had recently left Antwerp in a hurry. The implication was that he feared arrest for his role in the five deaths in April. The Mountain was on the run.

We drove there immediately.

Luxembourg is a small country. Its primary reception centre for refugees and migrants is in the capital’s modern administrative centre. Why would The Mountain come here? Perhaps he simply hoped to lie low for a while, or to apply for asylum under a new name.

But how to be sure he was even here? We couldn’t simply wander in. The compound was closed to the general public, with a single entry/exit point guarded by at least four private security guards.

The Mountain was here.

But how to lure him out without causing suspicion? If he fled again and we missed him, we would be back to square one.

The only option was a stakeout.

And so, for three days, our team kept watch, monitoring the compound’s entrance, and peering from a higher vantage point that overlooked the centre, giving us a view inside.

Finally, at just before 15:00 on the third day, we spotted The Mountain walking out with a group of other migrants. He turned left, heading towards the tram station. We broke into a run.

In the aftermath of our confrontation, we told the French police - who are leading the investigation into the deaths in April - about our findings. They said they would not be commenting at this stage.

The UK is spending half a billion pounds over three years to support efforts by French police to secure its coastline and to track and disrupt the people smuggling networks across Europe.




Today, Sara’s surviving family - her father Ahmed, mother Nour, 12-year-old sister Rahaf and nine-year-old brother, Hussam - are staying at a temporary hostel for migrants in a tiny village outside the northern French city of Lille.


The children have no access to school, and no right to remain in France beyond the autumn.

“I want a normal life, like everybody. I’m missing out so much. I want to go to school in England because I have my cousin there. She is my age. I miss… my friends,” Rahaf told us, before sobbing.













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DEADLY Calm; KILLING in The Med -The FINAL Solution?

BBC Documentary 8 JUL 2024







WARNING VERY DISTURBING

Hiding in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea lies a dark secret. If true, the Greek islands have become much more than a sun-drenched paradise for those living the holiday dream.



There are dark rumours of EU-funded GREEK boats carrying masked men, people being rounded up on land, forced onto coast guard boats and then abandoned in flimsy rubber dinghies at sea. There are multiple cases of people subsequently losing their lives including BABIES thrown overboard.

Are these masked men responsible?


Against this troubling background, in June 2023, an overloaded trawler flips in front of a Greek coast guard patrol boat. More than 600 men, women and children die in the water. A billionaire’s super yacht takes survivors to shore. The accounts of these survivors suggest that coast guard is at fault – something the Greek authorities deny.





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