According to the UK’s home secretary, while saving the lives of migrants is important, protecting the nation’s borders is important, too.
The UK Border Force had to re-deploy two of its largest ships, known as “cutters,” from overseas missions to the English Channel, after some 100 migrants attempted to cross the strait on dinghies.
“I have made a decision today to redeploy two of the Border Force’s largest vessels, known as cutters, from abroad back to the UK, to south-east England, and they will be joining a cutter that is already there and two other coastal patrol vessels,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said.
In the most recent incident, 12 migrants, including a 10-year-old child, were detained on the UK’s Kent beach Monday.
Javid disclosed that, besides the ship deployment, the UK Home Office will also step up its efforts to return detained migrants to France.