After a late-night debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday night which saw the government win a final series of votes, the Illegal Migration Bill has now passed and will become law.
The bill designates anyone arriving into the UK via ‘irregular means’ as illegal and requires the Home Secretary to detain and remove them. This will apply to children, trafficking victims or people seeking asylum whose claims would otherwise have been accepted.
It has been subject to widespread criticism. The UN says it “extinguishes access to asylum.” Writing in The Guardian, Enver Solomon (CEO of the Refugee Council) stated that the bill “will make matters much worse and cause immense human misery.”
Now that the bill has passed, it will go on to receive royal assent and become an act of law.