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By Paul Kirby
A Bradford MP has criticised the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill as being "anti-refugee and pro-racist".Copyright: HOC
Bradford East Labour MP Imran Hussain told BBC Radio Leeds the bill was "fundamentally flawed and means the government will turn their backs on some of the most vulnerable".
Mr Hussain added: "The bill risks breaching international law and undermines global efforts to support people fleeing war and persecution."
The government’s new legislation will criminalise people knowingly arriving in the UK without permission – which it hopes will deter people crossing the English Channel in boats.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised the bill will create a "firm but fair" asylum system to allow the UK to "take full control of its borders".
The Home Office has denied that the bill breaks international law and says it complies with the UK's international obligations, including under the Refugee Convention.
Roqia left Afghanistan two years ago following an arranged marriage where she faced torture and abuse from her husband’s family.
She arrived in Yorkshire two months ago after crossing the Channel in a boat. She told BBC Radio Leeds she had no alternative but to make the journey.
Speaking through a translator, she said she "closed her eyes" and "felt so hopeless" while on the boat.
Listen to more of Roqia's story here:
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