'They need to spend money!' Immigration Barrister explains Home Office 'Rwanda Files'

'They need to spend money!' Immigration Barrister explains Home Office 'Rwanda Files'

WATCH HERE: Paul Turner explains the Rwanda files

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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 07/02/2024

- 20:42

A new Home Office internal report claims a 'maximum' of 500 Rwanda deportations can take place per year

Immigration Barrister Paul Turner has spoken to Nigel Farage about the law after he exposed the Home Office 'Rwanda Files' on yesterday's show.

Farage hit out at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as a new Home Office internal report had exposed new figures relating to the Government's abilities to tackle illegal migration.

Sunak has previously pledged to crack down on the surging migration numbers, as the Government's bid to get the Rwanda Bill through the House of Lords was passed.

The Rwanda Bill was successful in its second House of Lords reading last week, with peers voting with a majority of 122 - 206 to 84.

Immigration Barrister Paul Turner

Immigration Barrister Paul Turner spoke to Nigel Farage about the 'Rwanda files'

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A new report, seen exclusively by GB News, revealed that there is a "limit" on the amount of Rwanda deportations that can take place in the first year of it being in place.

It was also revealed that the UK's detention capacity is limited to one thousand beds, and only 12 per cent of illegal arrivals to Britain will be able to be removed each year. The report reads that those figures are the "best-case scenario".

The biggest revelation of the report reveals that a "maximum" of 500 deportations can be granted as part of the Rwanda Bill in the first year.

Today at Prime Minister's Questions when Rwanda came up the Prime Minister said that the planes will be taking off for Rwanda soon.

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage 'exposed' the figures on yesterdays show

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Immigration Barrister Paul Turner spoke to Farage on this evening's show and explained that "the Government must have known" that there would not be enough space.

Farage asked him: "What could be confusing to our audience is that we passed a piece of legislation, the illegal Migration Act and we've all been brought up to understand that when Parliament passes a law and it gets the royal assent, that it's the law of the land. But it's not here, is it?"

Turner responded: "It's the law, it's on the statute book, and they've passed it. But to implement the law, they need to spend money. And you're quite right about the detention estate, as they call it, where people are locked up.

"There will be a large number of people in the detention estate that are foreign national prisoners, criminals that simply can't be allowed out because of the risk of them reoffending or running away. So the amount of space that there is for people is remarkably small, and the Government must have known this when they passed the Illegal Migration Act.

Rishi SunakRishi Sunak has pledged to crack down on illegal migrationPA

"Even if we think that there's 30 or 40 thousand people claiming asylum and there's detention space for one thousand, if you want to detain them you need to invest in building more detention facilities or finding other places to put people.

He added: "Secondly, that they'll be given an appeal? They could well win the appeal, and certainly if they are detained for a short period of time and the law says you can only detain people if there is a realistic prospect of removal within a reasonable period of time.

"If the Home Office says he's illegal and we want to remove him, the judge will normally ask has he done anything wrong? No, apart from illegal entry.

"And then they'll say, has he got an asylum claim outstanding? Yes. How long is that going to take? We don't know. And then bail is granted."

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