A Tory MP has said that placing migrants in temporary hotel accommodation “leaves a bitter taste in my throat” and called for them to be deported instead.
Lee Anderson also said asylum seekers arriving in the UK should be “sent back the same day”.
The Ashfield MP spoke out as the government continues to come under pressure over the situation at the Manston migrant processing centre in Kent.
At the peak of the crisis a week ago, around 4,000 people were held at the facility, which is designed to hold about 1,600.
Immigration minister Robert Jenrick told the Commons that the situation had since improved, with numbers “back below 1,600” after more than 2,000 people were placed in temporary accommodation.
But Anderson said: “When I hear words like sourcing housing and getting extra hotel spaces for illegal immigrants, it leaves a bitter taste in my throat.
“And I’ll tell you what, I’ve got 5,000 people in Ashfield who want to secure council housing and they cannot get one. Yet, we’re here debating this nonsense once again. When are we going to stop blaming the French, the ECHR, the lefty lawyers?
“The blame lies in this place right now — when are we going to go back and do the right thing and send them straight back the same day?”
Jenrick responded by telling Anderson that while the UK should be “guided by our common desire for decency” it was “not right that migrants are put up in three or four-star hotels at exorbitant cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer”.
He said Rishi Sunak would meet with the French president Emmanuel Macron to reach an agreement on how to stem the flow of small boat crossings in the Channel.
Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesperson, criticised Anderson’s remarks.