NOBODY doubts the genuine despair which drives migrants to risk their lives attempting to reach Britain.
But as we reveal today, behind this desperation lurks a ruthless criminal operation with no regard for human life.Ruthless criminals are playing the system and exploiting desperate migrantsCredit: Getty
Tuan Anh Do ran a professional people-trafficking racket in which his gang pocketed £2,000 for each migrant smuggled into the country.
Once here they were put to work as slaves in his cannabis farms. This is the criminal reality of many of those smuggled here.
Even more horrifyingly, it emerged that Do, 55, had himself been in a refugee camp as he tried to reach Britain.
The judge said: “Your own experience did not prevent you from exposing others to the same degrading treatment”.
The number of migrants trying to reach Britain by boat this year is already at record levels.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is right to overhaul the deportation system which has been abused by those not entitled to be here and their lawyers.
The new policy will end the spectacle of the deportation of dangerous criminals being halted at the last minute.
The UK must always be a land of welcome and safety for those in genuine need. But for too long those less deserving have attempted to play the system.
This needs to stop.Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is right to overhaul the deportation systemCredit: AFP or licensors
Time for a full House
THE House of Commons is the cradle of democracy.
So with the vaccine rolling out at speed we need our MPs back in person as soon as possible. With an average age of 51, many will have had jabs and are safe to return to Westminster.Lindsay Hoyle should remind MPs of their responsibilities and get them to return to WestminsterCredit: PA:Press Association
But instead of clamouring to get back, some are suggesting they should keep clear until June.
These are not junior office staff, they are our elected representatives.
Only 50 MPs out of 400 are allowed in the chamber under current social distancing rules. But Zoom calls are no substitute for proper debate in the House.
Speaker Lindsay Hoyle should remind MPs of their responsibilities.
And get them back fast.
Listen to Sarah
IT is heartbreaking to read Sarah Harding’s account of her brave battle with cancer.
The Girls Aloud star admits she tragically delayed seeking help because of Covid.Brave Sarah Harding told her story in the hopes of helping othersCredit: Getty
So it’s vital that all readers with health concerns should listen to her plea to get checked as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until it is too late.
Video shows migrants throwing objects at lorries waiting to cross over from Calais
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