For John, BLUF: Illegal immigrants desperate to reach the UK. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The International New York Times we have an article by Reporters Steven Erlanger and Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, dateline Friday, Britain and France Point Fingers as Migrant Crisis Becomes a Political One"".
More than 4,500 vehicles are stuck along one of Britain’s main highways, caught in the chaos over efforts by desperate migrants to make their way through the Channel Tunnel from the French port city of Calais, 31 miles away. Another 4,500 cars and trucks are stuck on the other side of the English Channel.If you wish to see the pictures of a wall of burning tires in Calais, France, check out this Daily Mail article.
Food is rotting, drivers are exasperated and commerce is delayed. Would-be vacationers bound for the Continent are furious, and the British news media is on a rampage, with The Daily Mail wondering how migrants could invade Britain when Hitler could not and calling for the army to be deployed.
The British government is in crisis mode, with Prime Minister David Cameron returning from Asia on Friday to lead yet another meeting of the security cabinet.
Under pressure to show that the government is in control, Mr. Cameron emerged on Friday to promise more high-tech security fencing and sniffer dogs for the French and the use of Defense Ministry land in Kent to park some of the waiting trucks, to get them off the highway.♠
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ I wonder if the Brits are sending the "weld mesh" fence they developed to protect the American GLCM bases from nuclear protesters.