Expert: ‘The French could do a lot more’ to help migrants cross the English Channel.

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Expert: ‘The French could do a lot more’ to help migrants cross the Channel.

A FORMER UK border chief has slammed the French, claiming they “could do a lot more” to stem the tide of migrants crossing the English Channel.

Kevin Saunders, who served as the UK’s Chief Immigration Officer in Calais for 16 years, accused the French of deploying an estimated “150 policeman” to patrol a massive 200-kilometer coastline while also refusing to send out vital patrol boats, according to this website.

It comes as an estimated 1,000 people crossed the Channel in small boats on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people who have crossed the channel this year to over 24,000 people.

As a result of the chaos, Home Secretary Priti Patel acknowledged on Friday that the UK is now experiencing a “mass migration crisis.”

The numbers are so high that this year’s total number of Channel crossings is nearly three times higher than the entire year of 2020.

Mr Saunders claimed that the French are simply not using the resources at their disposal, and as a result, they could do “an awful lot more.”

He was also perplexed as to why the French government had not deployed the reserve police force, the Compagnies républicaines de sécurité (CRS), to deal with the crisis.

Other options available to the French authorities, such as the Maritime Gendarmerie (French coastguard), which Mr Saunders described as a “very effective waterborne police force,” “absolutely refuse to patrol the Channel in their boats,” according to Mr Saunders.

He emphasized that this decision was critical in reducing the number of boats arriving on the English coast.

The remarks come after Home Secretary Priti Patel slammed Brussels on Thursday evening for exacerbating the migrant crisis across the English Channel.

Ms Patel, speaking to reporters in Washington DC and acknowledging a mass migration crisis, blamed the EU’s internal open borders for allowing millions of illegal migrants to freely move around the bloc.

“I would maintain that the numbers are so significant that they have enough resources,” she said.

“We’re constantly putting pressure on France on this, and we’re asking them to be honest with us about where the gaps are, because they can’t be everywhere, and the numbers are obviously high.”

She did warn, however, that “France can’t do it on its own” when it comes to stopping the crossings, and that France is now “overwhelmed” with migrants attempting to cross the Channel.

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