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Suella Braverman Sees System of ‘Nightingale Courts’ to Prosecute Migrants for Illegal Entry

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Suella Braverman sees system of ‘Nightingale courts’ to deal with large number of migrants prosecuted for illegal entry

  • Ministers plan to establish Nightingale courts to prosecute canal migrants
  • Home Secretary Suella Braverman wants laws with prison terms of up to four years
  • She said her ‘ultimate ambition’ was to reduce net migration to ‘tens of thousands’
  • Drones can be used to collect video evidence for prosecutions, that’s for sure

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Ministers plan to set up Nightingale-style courts to prosecute huge numbers of Channel migrants for illegal entry into the UK.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman wants wider use of laws allowing up to four years in prison for anyone convicted of entering this country without authorization, sources said.

She is reportedly working with Attorney General Brandon Lewis to create temporary courts to handle thousands of prosecutions, based on the Nightingale courts used to deal with a backlog of criminal cases in the pandemic.

In addition, Nightingale-style detention centers will be built to house asylum seekers held under the plan.

The home secretary told the Tory conference that her “ultimate ambition” was to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” – a target abandoned three years ago.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman wants wider use of laws allowing up to four years in prison for anyone convicted of entering this country without authorization, sources said.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman wants wider use of laws allowing up to four years in prison for anyone convicted of entering this country without authorization, sources said.

The home secretary told the Tory conference her “ultimate ambition” was to reduce net migration to “tens of thousands” – a target abandoned three years ago

She also appeared to criticize Pastor Priti Patel and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson for handing out record numbers of visas to come to the UK. Her plan to prosecute most Channel migrants would mean a massive rollout of powers under the Nationality and Borders Act.

The legislation introduced tougher prison terms for illegal entry into the UK when it came into effect this year.

Currently, the Ministry of the Interior is only prosecuting the Channel migrants who seized the tiller and the piloted dinghies from France.

But under new proposals, all adult boat occupants could face jail terms.

Drones could be used to collect video evidence for prosecutions, it is understood. British Army Watchkeeper drones were first deployed in 2020 to collect information on channel crossings.

Even if Channel migrants are convicted of illegal entry into the UK, they can apply for asylum. But Ms Braverman also announced plans yesterday for laws banning anyone crossing the Channel from seeking asylum.

She hopes a flight will bring the Channel Migrants to Rwanda by Christmas, but admits it will likely take longer. The policy was blocked by Strasbourg judges in June and is in legal uncertainty while awaiting the results of a judicial review.

Even if Channel migrants are convicted of illegal entry into the UK, they can apply for asylum.  But Ms Braverman also announced plans yesterday for laws banning anyone crossing the Channel from seeking asylum

Even if Channel migrants are convicted of illegal entry into the UK, they can apply for asylum.  But Ms Braverman also announced plans yesterday for laws banning anyone crossing the Channel from seeking asylum

Even if Channel migrants are convicted of illegal entry into the UK, they can apply for asylum. But Ms Braverman also announced plans yesterday for laws banning anyone crossing the Channel from seeking asylum

She also wants to increase the number of French police patrols to stop migrant boats and says: ‘They have 200 gendarmes on the coast – we need to double that.’ The Home Secretary told delegates: ‘We must stop the boats crossing the Channel. But I have to be honest with you, there are no quick fixes.’

She also outlined plans to reduce the number of foreigners legally coming to work in Britain. She declined to commit to a net migration target — the difference between immigration and emigration — but said recent figures put it at about 239,000 a year.

The Tories’ original “tens of thousands” target for net migration, announced in 2010, was never met and was dropped in 2019. Ms. Braverman told the Chopper’s Politics podcast, “We need to significantly reduce the number of students… work visas and especially the number of persons dependent on those of visas.”

She suggested that Ms Patel and Mr Johnson had chosen not to lower migration levels using the points-based immigration system they had put in place, adding: “Priti and Boris designed and implemented the points-based system. As a result, we issued a record number of visas last year – just over a million work and study visas plus dependents. That was a government decision.’

She also attacked multiculturalism’s role in eroding British values, saying the recent riots in Leicester followed “failure to integrate large numbers of newcomers”.