The controversy between Ben and Jerry’s and the British government is heating up after the ice cream maker implied in a tweet that Congress showed a “lack of humanity” among asylum seekers.
Tensions increased on Tuesday between the Vermont-based company and the government as Ben and Jerry’s tweeted about UK Interior Minister Priti Patel, who has vowed to stop the record number of applicants asylum in the UK via the English Channel.
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“Hey @PritiPatel, we think the real crisis is our inhuman lack of people fleeing war, climate change and torture,”; the company said in a tweet.
More than 650 migrants passed danger and arrived in the UK so far in August; 235 took a 20-mile journey in one day last week.
“People wouldn’t take risky rides if they had any other option,” said Ben and Jerry’s. “The UK has not resettled any of the refugees since March, but war and violence continue. What we need is safer and more legal routes.”
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Earlier this week, Patel – an immigration hardline in Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government – tweeted that the route was “extremely dangerous.” She says she is working “tirelessly” to deal with “unacceptable numbers by illegal small boats” and to ensure the route becomes “impossible.”
She said the government is working to prevent ships from leaving France, and also to stop and return those crossing the border.
Britain’s successor governments for decades have grappled with illegal immigration through the canal, both from boat migrants and smuggled people through the ports of entry by trucks and vehicles. other convenience.
Immigration activists say many migrants have good reason to arrive in the country and that the government should offer legal routes to get there safely.
Social media users and other members of Congress were quick to applaud the company, a longtime champion of libertarian goals.
Parliamentary Member Martin Daubney tweeted that sources from the Interior Department, which oversees immigration, security and law and order in the UK, said these crossings were “facilitated by international criminal gangs. “
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“If that means annoying the social media team over an overvalued brand of junk food then so be it,” Daubney tweeted.
Congressman James Cleverly also expressed outrage at the company’s comments on social media.
“Can I have a large signaling of statistically inaccurate quality with my overvalued ice cream,” Cleverly retweeted.
Ben and Jerry’s was founded in Burlington, Vt., In 1978 by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Since then, the company, now owned by Unilever PLC, has supported liberal activities, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Awakening of democracy” protests in 2016.
Ben & Jerry’s did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
FOX News and Associated Press’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.
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