|The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is 95% volunteer-led and funded by voluntary donations. The volunteers risk treacherous conditions to save countless lives at sea every day. When they responded to a recent incident at Hastings, it was reported that local fishermen attempted to block their path to rescue a group of migrants crossing the channel, and succeeded for some time.
The fishermen were allegedly shouting "anti-migrant sentiments". "You could hear the hatred in their voice", the witness said.
With the government's increasing severity against asylum seekers crossing the channel, the RNLI was recently forced to defend their life-saving work.
|Don't forget, there is no such thing as an illegal asylum seeker - crossing the channel to claim asylum is not against the law. Despite this, Home Secretary Priti Patel has proposed a bill to make this crossing “unviable” with suggestions to "push" the boats back to France.
A group of MPs have said this bill would breach human rights laws. Meanwhile, humanitarian groups call for the UK to provide safe routes for asylum seeking in the UK.
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