Migrant row: Amnesty director blasted on TalkRADIO ‘Are you stupid!?’ | UK | News


TalkRADIO presenter James Whale has clashed angrily with Amnesty International’s Migrant Rights Programme Director Steve Valdez-Symonds over the number of illegal migrants entering the UK from France. Mr Whale confronted the Amnesty boss over the legal status of migrants making the dangerous crossings into the UK from France. When Mr Valdez-Symonds states those migrants seeking asylum had the right to cross in border via the English Channel, Mr Whale flew into a rage.

Mr Whale grilled the Amnesty Director: “They have broken into the country, they don’t deserve to be here.

“Why are they still here?”

“Nobody has broken in, people have exercised their lawful right to seek asylum,” replied Valdez-Symonds.

The TalkRADIO host fired back: “Are you stupid!?”

“What do you mean they haven’t broken in.

“You do not have the lawful right to break into a country.”

“You have the lawful right to cross a border to seek asylum,” said Valdez-Symonds.

“In the first country that will give you safe haven and that is France,” replied Mr Whale.

Last month Valdez-Symonds appeared on GB News to discuss the migrant crisis and suggested the UK wasn’t fulfilling its “responsibility”.

He said: “We don’t receive very large numbers of refugees, in fact, we are one of the world’s countries that essentially opens its doors to very, very few people who are fleeing persecution and in need of safety,” Steve said.

“And I’m afraid the disproportionality of that is beginning to tell because while other countries do far more than we do, some people don’t find safety elsewhere. 

“We also have the absurd situation where some of these people have family and connections here, and yet there is still no routes for them other than these sorts of journeys to try and reach their family.”

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