Suella Braverman voices concerns about migrants in hotels
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The Home Secretary raged at a “political witch hunt” as she claimed it was “practically impossible” to house all the migrants following harsh criticism of her re-appointment and the conditions at migrant centers. It comes as 4,000 migrants are housed at Manston, which has a capacity of around 1,600 and only a processing centre designed for migrants to spend 24 hours there. Allies of former Home Secretary Priti Patel are suggesting Ms Braverman is at fault, accusing the new Home Office of breaking the law. One ally said: “Priti kept signing hotels off over summer no matter how unpalatable it was because it was the right thing to do to keep in line with statutory duties and make sure that people were not sleeping in awful conditions.” A second ally said there are “saddened” to see the office “brought into such disrepute”.
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Processing of asylum applications taking too long, admits immigration minister
Immigration minister Robert Jenrick has told Times Radio that the processing of asylum applications was taking too long.
He said: “We want to get to a point where, on the UK side, we are receiving people at Manston, processing them very swiftly, then sending them to accommodation such as hotels or alternatives, and ensuring that those hotels are evenly spread across the country, are as good value for the taxpayer as possible, that claims are processed swiftly.
“They’re taking too long at the moment. And then those individuals, if they’re successful, go on to lead fulfilling lives in the UK and make a contribution to this country.
“If they’re not that, they’re removed from the UK as swiftly as possible. But that is essentially the symptom of the problem.
“It will always be challenging for the Home Office to handle those symptoms if the scale of the challenge is as great as it is today.”
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