Diane Abbott has once again provoked consternation after leaping to the defence of economic migrants crossing the English Channel. While the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, was in Dover today saying that those coming across from France were most likely not genuine Abbott was busy tweeting out:
Lisa Doyle, director of advocacy at the ‘Refugee Council’, also waded in on the argument saying it would be unlawful for the UK to deny someone asylum as a way of deterring others from making a claim.
The 1951 refugee convention acknowledges that refugees may enter countries through irregular routes and should not be penalised for this.
The outcome of an asylum application cannot be pre-judged, irrespective of how that person reached the country. It’s a shame that the home secretary seems to need reminding that seeking asylum is a right and the UK has an obligation to assess claims fairly and grant protection to those who need it.”
Abbott said that the comments were part of a Conservative ‘obsession with maintaining a hostile environment’ for refugees and migrants. She thundered: “Suggesting that the British government would deny legitimate asylum claims is not only a disgrace but a breach of the 1951 refugee convention.”
As you will see below the majority of comments in response to Abbott were certainly not in favour of her attitude on the matter.
Grassroots campaign group UK Unity (our sister organisation) has launched a petition & campaign against Illegal & Undocumented Immigration into the UK. 36,500 people have signed up so far-