TWENTY Thousand Afghani refugees without passports will be allowed to enter Britain over five years to escape the Taliban, the Government has signalled.
The move has sparked a major row with grassroots Conservatives and Red Wall voters who fear thousands of undocumented migrants will enter the UK – that could lead to a minority of extremist Terrorists entering the UK and committing an atrocity like the Manchester Arena bombing.
Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the move dubbed an ‘Afghan resettlement scheme’ and hinted it could be expanded.
Boris said the UK would take up to 20,000 refugees with as many as 5,000 in the first year.
Ms Patel told Sky News: “We have to ensure we have the support structures throughout the United Kingdom. We will be working with local councils throughout the country, the devolved governments as well.
“We are working quickly on this. We cannot accommodate 20,000 people all in one go.
“Currently we are bringing back almost 1,000 people a day. This is an enormous effort. We can’t do this on our own. We have to work together.”
But she hinted the scheme could be expanded to admit double the initial figure for the first year.
“There could be up to 10,000. We are expanding categories of people,” she said.
Speaking to BBC News, she added: “We could end up bringing many more but first of all we have to have the underpinning and the infrastructure and the support to do that.”
She also told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it will “take time” to get the scheme up and running, which will “not be straightforward
Steve Unwin, UKIP Home Affairs spokesman hit back at the plans telling Politicalite that Britain should not be opening our borders to tens of thousands of Afghans.
“Taking in tens of thousands of random unknown Afghans achieves nothing for the 31 million Afghans, and particularly the woman and girls left behind at the hands of the military religious zealot Taliban forces.”
“Our immigration system is so utterly overwhelmed with bogus asylum seekers that we now have uncontrolled mass migration.”
“Tens of thousands crossing the English Channel. Tens of thousands from Syria. Tens of thousands from Hong Kong. And now, Tens of thousands – that the Taliban allow to pass through.”
“This Government needs to get it’s act together, control our borders, and end this mass migration disaster.”