Lefty lawyers have gone on the offensive and are wheeling out an arsenal of legalistic obstructionism to try and stop Boris Johnson’s Rwanda migrant plan before the first plane takes off.
Political news site Guido Fawkes broke the news earlier today a law firm close to the Labour Party is taking the government to the High Court to try and prevent the first flight of migrants from being sent to Rwanda next week.
Just as the Home Office began issuing formal removal direction letters to those who are set to go to Rwanda, Care4Calais, a charity who supports the migrants, have instructed the public law team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors to try and stop the first flight from leaving on 14th June.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors swiftly announced they have issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court to challenge the government’s plan to remove the migrants and say they will seek “an injunction in respect of the flight scheduled for the 14th June.”
Duncan Lewis, which — with its army of more than 350 solicitors and consultants — says on its website it is “the largest provider of publicly funded (legal aid) services in the UK.”
Last week Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
While we know attempts will now be made to frustrate the process and delay removals, I will not be deterred and remain fully committed to delivering what the British public expect.
However, it remains to be seen whether the law firm’s injunction will be able to stop the first flight from leaving as scheduled next Tuesday.
Under the government’s world-leading Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda the migrants sent there would receive a generous support package, including up to five years of training, accommodation and healthcare on arrival.
Under the partnership deal, the UK is also investing an initial £120 million into the economic development and growth of Rwanda.
People who have taken dangerous, unnecessary, and illegal journeys, including crossing the Channel, are among those selected to be relocated there.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Our world-leading partnership with Rwanda is a key part of our strategy to overhaul the broken asylum system and break the evil people smugglers’ business model.
Last year, the number of illegal migrants making the hazardous journey to the UK reached a record 28,500, and according to official figures so far this year more than 10,000 people have already crossed the English Channel in small boats.
The partnership with Rwanda forms part of the New Plan for Immigration, the government’s response to overhaul the asylum system – which is currently costing the UK taxpayer £1.5 billion a year – to create a fair but firm immigration system.