UPDATED AT 5:45 PM PT – Mon., December 31, 2018
The United Kingdom is ramping-up its efforts to prevent migrants from encroaching its border through the English Channel.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced two patrol boats are being recalled from abroad to help address the growth in number of migrants attempting to reach Britain through the channel.
He says the two ships will join three vessels already patrolling the channel, a move he says will help the U.K. “better protect its borders.”
Javid also issued a clear warning to migrants considering making the trip saying, “I want to send a very strong signal to people who do think about making this journey is that we will do everything we can to make sure it is not a success in the sense that I do not want people to think that if they leave a safe country like France that then they can get to Britain and then just get to stay.”
Javid said he is working with France to increase the number of migrants the U.K. sends back to the country. This comes after Javid declared the situation on the channel to be a “major incident” last week.