Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced his plans to fight illegal immigration in a nearly 5-minute video posted to Twitter on Sunday, during which he said the UK had lost control of its borders.
“Every year, thousands and thousands of people enter the UK illegally. Often we do not know who they are, where they come from and why they are here. These are good people. our system and in the current chaotic free world, there is simply no way for a serious country to govern itself,” Sunak said in the video.
The measures he proposes include a cap set annually by the UK Parliament on “the number of refugees we take in safely and legally each year, subject to change in the event of an emergency,” according to a plan posted on Sunak’s campaign website. .
He also proposed a measure making “aid, trade and visas contingent on the country’s willingness to cooperate on the return” of migrants who entered the UK illegally.
Sunak also specifically committed to “do everything possible to make our partnership with Rwanda work, work at scale and develop other migration partnerships.”
Under this policy, asylum seekers who are believed to have entered the UK illegally will be sent to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed.
The first such flight to Rwanda was supposed to take off on June 14, but at the last moment the European Court of Human Rights intervened.
On September 5, the UK High Court will begin legal action taken by a group of NGOs, asylum seekers and a civil servants’ union that are questioning the legality of the scheme.
In an interview with the British newspaper Mail on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leader candidate Liz Truss also supported Rwanda’s plan, calling it “the right policy.”
She said she intends to “bring it to full fruition” and even expand the project by exploring similar partnerships with other countries.
Tweeting details of her immigration plans on Sunday, Truss also pledged to increase border troops by 20% if she is elected leader of the Conservative Party.