Downing Street defended Suela Braverman, who flew into an overcrowded immigration center in a military helicopter at 3,500 pounds per hour.
The Home Secretary dodged questions from the press as he met with the Dover Coast Guard and traveled to the Manston facility in Chinook.
At one point recently, as many as 4,000 people were detained for weeks, despite the intention to detain 1,600 in 24 hours.
The government claims more than 1,000 migrants have been moved out of Manston this week, meaning 2,700 remain in facilities.
Downing Street officials stressed that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak receives updates on the situation twice a day.
Ms. Braverman spent about two hours at Manston and departed using a side gate away from the journalists who had gathered at the front door.
North Thanet MP Roger Gale was also seen leaving the processing center, while Dover MP Nathalie Elfiecke said the Home Secretary’s failure to take the opportunity to meet with other Kent politicians was “very disappointing.” I’m sorry,’ he said.
“The small boat crisis is not just at immigration processing facilities, it is also at beaches, schools, services and housing in Kent,” she added.
Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt later said Braverman was ready to “face the music” despite avoiding questions from the media yesterday.
The Home Office said steps were being taken “immediately” to improve the situation in Manston – enhancing medical facilities, providing extra bedding and providing better catering.
“This is a complex and difficult situation that requires all sides to be tackled and innovative solutions to be explored,” Braverman said.
“To break the smuggler business model, we need to make illegal trans-strait immigration routes ultimately infeasible.”
“Confused, hopeless and completely lost”
An asylum seeker who said he was among a group of migrants stranded in central London on Tuesday night said he had not been told where he was going by authorities.
The man, who identified himself as Hasibullah from Afghanistan, said he was one of a group of 45 migrants who were forced out of Manston and taken to a coach station in Victoria.
He told Sky News:
“When you get to London, the driver says, ‘Get out,’ and then you don’t know where you’re going.”
Hasibullah said the authorities did not give them the location of their accommodation. His group was later assisted by volunteers and eventually taken to a hotel in Norwich.
One of the volunteers, Danial Abbas, told Sky News that he was “disoriented and desperate” near Victoria’s coach station during his regular walk on Tuesday to feed the homeless. , completely lost,” he said.
Abass added that many of the men were wearing flip-flops, gray tracksuits, identification tags on their hands and “large blue industrial garbage bags without jackets or socks.”
He took one of the men to Primark on Oxford Street to buy jackets, shoes, clothes, hats and dinner at McDonald’s.
A Home Office spokesperson said, “The welfare of those in our care is paramount and asylum seekers will only leave Manston if assurances are given that there is accommodation for them to go. will be released.
“Once we were notified, we worked quickly to find private accommodation. Now they are staying in accommodation and receiving support.”
https://news.sky.com/story/suella-braverman-avoids-press-questions-after-travelling-to-manston-in-1633500-an-hour-military-helicopter-12737830 Suella Braverman dodges press questions after traveling to Manston in a 3,500-pound-per-hour military helicopter.british news