Skip to comments.France gets tough on illegal immigration, setting quotas for arrests, expulsions
Posted on 06/04/2007 4:54:00 PM PDT by Cincinna
France set tough new quotas for the number of illegal immigrants authorities should arrest and expel each month, the new immigration minister said Monday.
Brice Hortefeux, who heads the newly created Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development, said a monthly quota also would be set for ferreting out those employed in France illegally.
In a meeting with security officials, Hortefeux reiterated President Nicolas Sarkozys goal of 25,000 expulsions by the end of 2007 - compared with 24,000 in 2006 - and set a year-end goal of 125,000 arrests for alleged illegal entry or illegal residence, a ministry statement said. The number of those already arrested was not immediately clear.
Sarkozy, who was elected May 6, pledged during his campaign to create a ministry of immigration and national identity to rein in the flow of migrants and ensure they are integrated into French society. Riots in French housing projects in 2005 were largely driven by anger among children of immigrants at persistent discrimination and a feeling of alienation from mainstream society.
Hortefeux said the new measures were aimed at "dismantling networks that exploit the misery of illegal immigrants," the statement said.
His orders came after he and Prime Minister Francois Fillon visited a holding center for illegal immigrants Monday _ and three days after the bodies of 18 illegal immigrants were fished from the Mediterranean by the crew of a French frigate.
The dead _ 12 men, two adolescent boys and four women _ were believed to be seeking new lives in Europe, though it was not clear what country they were coming from. They will be buried in France.
"The French Republic will be extremely firm. It will ensure laws are applied," Fillon said, adding: "Naturally, these laws must be applied with the greatest humanity."
Many saw Sarkozys proposal as a nod to the electorate on the extreme right, which long has made fighting immigration one of its main causes.
"Generosity is not opening wide the borders without thought for how people will integrate, how they will live, how they will subsist," Fillon said.
Hortefeux, in his meeting with security officials, also insisted on the need to develop a system of paying illegal immigrants to voluntarily return home, setting the number of paid departures at 2,500 for this year _ a 25 percent increase from 2006.
Those volunteering to leave, as part of a program started in late 2005, are given a fixed sum of money, normally $4,700 per couple, with $1,350 each for the first three children.
Yeah, no kidding.
There's a concept our leaders should be introduced to.
Hooray for France! Boo for jorge!
France also had riots not too long ago with Paris on fire because they let this get out of hand. Sarkozy in large part was elected because of this. Apparently the lordships running our government would like to wait until the same happens here before acting.
I think America is turning French
Makes ou wonder how wimpy our leaders are. France goes on this common-sense turnaround.....while the GOP in America acts more and more Commie
Somewhere on the forum is an article about McCain. He made a speech somewhere and actually said if we don't give them amnesty we'll have riots like France.
So the best thing he can come up with is to not make them angry if we don't give them what they demand??
I can't believe anyone is voting for McCain.
Good. That will save a beautiful country with a long rich history from the wailing head-choppers who would use Notre Dame cathedral as a latrine if they got into power.
McCain’s Warning that enforcing the law will lead to rioting.
Thanks! Is that just stunning or what! Kind of destroys the ‘family values’ arguement. He and Bush better get together on their talking points. I guess they tried insults first and now they’re trying to scare us into agreeing with this thing.
Capitulation is the only feasible option. McCain and Graham can advise Sarkozy on how best to surrender to illegal aliens and call it a victory.
Footing the bill on shipping illegals out of the country would cost us all far more than they’re costing us now.
Just as a for instance, just last night, I saw two of them come in with gunshot wounds. And undoubtedly, this had NOTHING to do with other illicit activites these guys were involved in.
I have no doubt that their care is going to run thousands upon thousands of dollars. And guess who is going to pay for that?
The USA is the only country going in the opposite direction. Everyone else, including even Canada is tightening up their laws because they don't want to be overrun. Maybe in 20 years we can emigrate to the saner ones, if they'll take us refugees in.
That’s easy, Mexico when we give them the bill.
How hard is it to say to a barbarian thug: Sucks to be you. You take responsibility for your own actions. Put pressure on your own wound. Go Cry Some More.
Interesting history : french intellectuals laid the philosophical foundations for our own 1776 revolution. Then a 100 years later they laid the philosophical foundations for socialism. It is based on everyone’s first life experience : infancy and getting everything they want for FREE. This nonsense soon slams into the FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS as baby grows up.
Now, finally, the french are waking up with sarko’s election, and they’re showing us how to deal with a southern brown wave of moochers. Who’d a thunk it just a few years ago.
hear hear !!
Incredible. I can not believe that they are doing the right thing for a change. maybe I need to consider retiring to Europe
In french that would be something like stonne vous bebre.
Might be cheaper in the long run. Maybe we should do the same after we get the fence built. And why restrict the policy to illegals? Why not pay Democrats to leave? Like I say, it might save money in the long run.
Or how about we pay Vermont to leave?