Labour pledges to create temporary 'Nightingale courts' to speed up asylum decisions, while the Conservatives focus on stopping Channel crossings
Why it matters
The clash between the two major parties on immigration policy is significant as it highlights their differing approaches to addressing illegal migration and could influence voters' decisions in the upcoming general election.
What the papers say
The Independent criticizes Labour's proposal, accusing them of wanting to hand control of the immigration system to Brussels, while The Guardian highlights Labour's focus on treating people-smuggling gangs like terrorists and their plans to pay for more asylum caseworkers to clear the backlog.
How we got here
The issue of illegal migration and asylum seekers has been a contentious topic in the UK, with an increase in small boat crossings across the English Channel. Both Labour and the Conservatives are presenting their respective solutions to address this issue.
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