U.K. Government Builds Refugee Wall Despite Opposition From Truck Drivers
Donald Trump wants to build a wall at the U.S-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration. But the U.K. has already begun work on its own wall.
A 13-foot concrete barrier at the French port of Calais will prevent refugees from entering the U.K., according to U.K. immigration minister Robert Goodwill.
“People are still getting through,” Goodwill said. “We have done the fences. Now we are doing the wall."
Despite having taken over the job of immigration minister months ago, Goodwill has not yet visited the Calais refugee camp known as the “Jungle." His main concern is financing and executing the wall.
“We are going to start building this big, new wall as part of the £17m package we are doing with the French. There is still more to do. We have also invested in space for 200 lorries at Calais so that they have somewhere safe to wait," Goodwill told the Guardian.
Much like Trump does in the U.S., the U.K. government cites migrant crime as its main concern.
According to Goodwill, the British government is building the wall in order to safeguard the drivers going down the motorway past the refugee camp and toward the ferry terminal, citing increased attacks against drivers in recent weeks.
But the Road Haulage Association, a trade association that represents U.K. truck drivers, has criticized the wall.
"It's effectively a waste of taxpayers' money," RHA spokesman Rod McKenzie told Russia Today.
"So what will happen, as we've already seen, is that these highly organized migrant gangs will simply cause the roadblocks, the obstructions... as a way of creating a traffic jam to get stairways onboard British bound [trucks]," McKenzie continued.
"They will simply move those blockades, those roadblocks as it were, back to 5, 10 kilometers and the real underlying problem is not being tackled, which is that there is a very large camp there which has not been dismantled with a lot of migrants in a desperate situation," McKenzie said.