Immigration minister slams MPs for opposing crackdown on small boat invasion

Minister of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick delivers a speech on "sovereign borders in an age of mass migration" at the Policy Exchange in central London, during an event chaired by the think tank's director Lord Godson. Picture date: Tuesday April 25, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

A MINISTER has accused MPs of acting like “humanitarian nimbys” by opposing a blitz on small boat arrivals.

Robert Jenrick said “grandstanding” politicians who call for Britain to welcome everyone “fail to take their fair share” in their own constituencies.

Robert Jenrick blasted ‘grandstanding’ MPs who opposed the govt’s crackdown on illegal migrants

Figures from Labour claimed the asylum hotel bill could top £4billion this year

The Immigration Minister said MPs must heed the warnings of protests over migrant hotels, or risk “losing the trust and respect of the British public”.

Mr Jenrick also warned that “astronomical” numbers of arrivals risked “cannibalising” compassion for genuine refugees fleeing war-zones.

He spoke out ahead of today’s report stage of the Illegal Migration Bill in the Commons.

Ministers were facing revolts by Tory MPs over the curbs on modern slavery claims and plans for child detention.

Government insiders are now confident they have made enough concessions to please both the Tory left and right and see off major rebellions.

Mr Jenrick, meanwhile, said international talks were ongoing over how best to “refresh and renew” decades-old migration laws to make them fit for today’s mass movements.

It came as figures from Labour claimed the asylum hotel bill could top £4billion this year as £7.5million a day is spent on accommodating new arrivals.