UKIP Wales has committed to repealing the ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ project with leader and MS for Mid & West Wales, Neil Hamilton saying that the policy “lets Westminster off the hook for their gross ineptitude on our borders”.
UKIP Wales is announcing that it will fight the 2021 Senedd elections on a platform of fully repealing the project to turn Wales into a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ for illegal migrants and asylum seekers.
The policy was introduced by the Senedd in 2019 and includes funding projects to find homes for refugees in Wales.
Mr Hamilton said:
“2020 saw a dramatic increase in illegal English Channel crossings. A whopping 10,000 illegal migrants entered the UK by this route, up from 1,800 in 2019 and a mere 300 in 2018.
“This situation is made worse by the Welsh Government branding Wales as a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ for illegal migrants.
“Charity must begin at home. The Welsh Government’s priority should be the people of Wales, not economic migrants from abroad. It is a disgrace that around 1 in 4 households in Wales live in fuel poverty and we have hundreds of rough sleepers.
“Spineless Cardiff Bay politicians are letting the Westminster Government off the hook for their gross ineptitude on our borders, by offering Wales as an overflow site for thousands of bogus asylum-seekers, who should be sent back across the Channel.
“In my own constituency, the Penally illegal migrant camp, currently housing around 250 people in a coastal village of only 850, is a perfect example.
“This will further damage the already-struggling tourism industry in Tenby and has caused some house prices reportedly to drop by £100,000. Only UKIP voted against this. Abolish and Reform MSs abstained.
“Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems are all Labour’s accomplices, putting the interests of illegal migrants first and Welsh residents/taxpayers last. UKIP is the only party standing in the upcoming Senedd elections on a clear platform of scrapping the Nation of Sanctuary policy.”