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On child refugees

“If the Dubs amendment passes, we also risk sending a signal to the world that if you want to come to a country like Britain, as a refugee in need or otherwise, your best chance of getting here is by putting yourself into the hands of a criminal gang of people smugglers.  These people are cruel and ruthless and are responsible for the deaths of many thousands of people who have tried to make dangerous journeys from Africa and the Middle East to Europe.  Former colleagues of mine in the Home Office have witnessed them throwing migrants out of their boats and into the Mediterranean Sea in order to force the Royal Navy, Border Force and others to bring their human cargoes to shore. By telling people they need to first get to Europe before they will be let into Britain, we would be putting more innocent lives into the hands of these barbarians.  We risk increasing the incidence of human trafficking rather than reducing it.” – May 3

ConHome summary: Look before you leap.

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