The UK is "woefully unprepared" and "woefully ill-equipped" to deal with people smugglers, according to a border security expert.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Chris Hobbs, a former Special Branch officer, said "the Home office [is] playing catch-up" in dealing with the migrant coastal threat.
"Only now is the government is springing into any sort of action, and you have to question why... they really should have been well-prepared for something like this".
The border security expert also raised concern the threat posed by migrants crossing the English Channel could involve more than people smuggling.
"It's a question of firearms, it's a question of drugs", with the police marine units guarding the coastline "under threat because of cutbacks. It's not a pretty picture along our coastline."
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