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UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Send Some Migrants to Rwanda

On Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak overcame a Conservative Party rebellion to get his plan to send certain asylum seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda through the House of Commons.

Lawmakers voted 320 to 276 to support a bill aimed at overturning a U.K. Supreme Court ruling on the Rwanda proposal.

The vote occurred a day after approximately 60 members of Sunak’s government Conservatives revolted in an attempt to toughen the law.

The bill now moves to the unelected House of Lords, Parliament’s upper chamber, where Sunak’s Conservatives lack a majority.

The Lords can delay and change legislation, but they cannot overrule the elected House of Commons.

More than 29,000 people made the risky voyage in 2023, a decrease from 42,000 the year prior.

Five persons perished on the night of January 13-14 while attempting to launch a boat from northern France in the dark and winter cold.

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