Skip to comments.In crisis, Greece rounds up immigrants
Posted on 08/24/2012 3:16:23 PM PDT by Lorianne
Border police jeeps hurtle along hot, dusty tracks past potato fields on their way to the river that marks the Greek-Turkish border. Sirens blaring, the convoys have been repelling wave after wave of migrants.
Greece's remote Evros region has turned into Europe's main battleground against illegal immigration; more than two-thirds of people making the clandestine journey into the European Union pass through here from neighboring Turkey.
Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 200-kilometer (130-mile) northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist attacks against immigrants with dark skin.
The police operation has brought nearly 2,000 additional border guards to the Turkish frontier previously manned by about 500 officers. They fanned out with dogs, night vision equipment and flat-bottomed boats for 24-hour patrols of the Evros River that forms a natural border. At least 21 people have drowned or died of exposure crossing the river this year, while several have been listed as missing.
In Athens, the operation is being bolstered by mass roundups of suspected illegal immigrants. They are seen lined up on the streets of the capital every day, many in handcuffs, waiting to be put in detention until they can be deported. In the first week of the crackdown in early August, police said they apprehended nearly 7,000 people for identification checks; nearly 1,700 were slated for deportation.
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They should be like the U.S. government and welcome in millions legally and illegally. So what if tens of millions of Americans are underemployed or unemployed.
What’s the big deal?
When this happens in America..the European leftist call it racism.
“When this happens in America..the European leftist call it racism.”
When anything happens they don’t like they call it racism. The word has lost all meaning and power.
In the US, a judge would simply SHUT IT DOWN, once it was shown to be effective.
Shut it down? Heck no. In the US a judge would order it stopped and reversed and order that plans be drafted and actioned to go out and recruit dependents to bring into the country.
only until the day our banks and pensions are in as bad a shape as Greece’s are now. Then you will see tempers boil over and no judge anywhere will dare try that crap.
“2,000 additional border guards to the Turkish frontier”
Geez, how bad is Turkey that you would try to flee into Greece illegally?
Those Turks are not illegal immigrants. That’s a vile slur. They are merely undocumented.