Sir Andrew said that the reason for people queueing up in Calais must be that Britain was perceived as a “soft touch”. The official statistics suggested that this might be the case as anyone reaching Britain and claiming asylum had a nearly 80% chance of staying, often illegally.
He suggested that the government should take three steps:
1 Double the resources for removal.
2 Clamp down on employers of illegal labour.They had started to do this.
3 Take on the absurd arguments for an amnesty which could only make a bad situation worse.
You can hear the discussion on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme web site.