Declaring people have had enough of the sheer number of migrants coming to Britain, the MEP suggested once immigration was under control Britons might open their hearts to aid genuine refugees once more.
The LBC host said: “I have absolutely no problem with us being a civilised country that takes in genuine refugees.
“I have never ever had a problem with it. The difficulty is that because legal immigration is running at a net third of a million a year we’ve just had enough of the sheer number coming to this country.
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Nigel Farage said legal immigration needed to be controlled so the UK could help genuine refugees
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“We’ve closed our hearts even to those who potentially might be genuine refugees. We are worried about people taking the micky out of the system.
“Get legal immigration under control and then perhaps we can think properly about taking genuine refugees into Britain.”
Fury swept the nation this week as it emerged the Government had slashed the original figure of 3,000 child refugees, down to 350 overnight.
The Home Secretary defended the decision as ministers insisted it could “encourage people traffickers”.
We are worried about people taking the micky out of the system
Ms Rudd said the amendment was only agreed to on the basis it would not “act as a pull factor for children to Europe, and that it would be based on local authority capacity”.
During the programme also said it was the right move because it was clear that the people trying to enter the country were not children.
Nigel Farage said: “I think one of the reasons Amber Rudd has cut the numbers overnight, is not just because the French has said it’s leading to trafficking.
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“It’s because of the first batches of people the people that we took in, clearly many of the weren’t actually children.
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“In fact look at some of them, I think if I was to die my hair a bit darker, I might have got in.”
The anti-European Union politician added: “The way that the Government does this, is our officials only challenge the age of child migrants if they look to be over the age of 25.
“Well at 25, I was married, I had kids, a mortgage, and a job.
“So I think actually one of the reasons Amber Rudd was doing this is that many of the people, too many of the people, and whether that is five percent or 10 per cent or 20 per cent, but too many of the people who cam win the first batches of child migrants, clearly were not children.
“I think that she was worried that the public would see, frankly they are being taken for a ride.”
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