The number of migrants crossing the Channel has been accelerating with forecasts suggesting it could hit 7,500, four times rate last year.
Tony Smith is a former Head of the UK Border Force and Director of Ports and Borders in both the UK and Canada.
So weak is the Government's grasp on the deepening emergency that it does not even know the total number of illegal immigrants in the UK.
Migrants who cross the Channel in small boats should be returned to France before they can apply for asylum, the former head of the Border Force said.
The Home Secretary is planning new legislation that will make it easier and faster to remove foreign criminals
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Just 155 people were removed between the start of 2019 and now, the government revealed.
The Home Office's last estimate of the number of illegal migrants was in 2005.
Suspected migrants who tried to cross the English Channel on board small boats have been brought ashore at Dover.
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About 350,000 of the territory’s people hold British National (Overseas) passports and another 2.5 million would be eligible to apply for them.
The business model for people smugglers depends on countries' unwillingness to turn would-be migrants away
With Britain's attention distracted by the virus, migrants have been redoubling their efforts to arrive in small boats from across the Channel.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, is already considering law and treaty changes to make it easier to return migrants.