Skip to comments.Israeli fence construction cuts off migration from Egypt
Posted on 12/31/2012 7:23:05 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
The number of migrants crossing the border between Egypt and Israel dropped to zero last week for the first time since 2006, as construction of the last small sections of a 150-mile fence is due to be completed in the coming weeks.
A total of 36 migrants crossed into Israel from Egypt in December, all of whom were detained, compared with 2,295 in January. The numbers have steadily declined throughout 2012 as construction of the vast steel fence through the desert from Eilat to the border with Gaza has progressed.
"We have succeeded in blocking the phenomenon of illegal infiltrators," said the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. "It has been several months now that no infiltrator has reached [the Israeli cities of] Eilat, Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv or any Israeli community."
Israel was repatriating migrants to their countries of origin, he said.
"For several months now, hundreds of infiltrators have been leaving here and thousands will soon do so every month until the tens of thousands of people who are here illegally return to their countries of origin."
More than 9,000 migrants were deported in 2012, including almost 4,000 from African countries. Critics of the deportation policy say many migrants face extreme danger in their home countries.
"There is no doubt the fence is working as a deterrent," said Sigal Rosen, of the Hotline for Migrant Workers. But, she added, Israel's policy of preventing refugees crossing the fence, which is constructed on Israeli territory, was illegal under international law. "If a person is asking for asylum, a country has a duty to check their request."
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Sounds like a plan.
Prior to the fence, the rule should have been to shoot anyone crossing the border into Israel unannounced.
Well good. Come to the gate and knock politely.
I don’t know why this has taken so long
If only we would do the same on our southern border.
Exactly. Works in Isreal, why not Texas?
Exactly! But might not come to pass with socialist thug obama in Office.
“Earlier this year, Yishai suggested migrants were committing rapes and were “Aids carriers”. MP Miri Regev said Sudanese refugees were a “cancer in our body””
Why is it those people don’t see the value of the “Gorgeous Mosaic” of Open Borders, like we do in the US?
“Exactly. Works in Isreal, why not Texas?”
Because we have a political party that seeks permanent majority status by having Open Borders.
And, as bad as that is, we have the business interests in the other political party (i.e., the Republican Establishment) seeking cheap (and reliable) labor by having Open Borders.
And it was the second of the two that caused some interesting dialog in the Primary Season when Perry Apologists on this site were ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that fences could never work. I guess Israel proved them wrong.
And we call our illegal infiltrators “undocumented workers”.
Actually, there are some serious logistics problems with a Texas/Mexico border fence. Virtually the entire border is a river, though it starts out quite small near El Paso. Where do you put the fence? In the middle of the water? On the shore on our side? The Texas Rangers have purchased several high speed boats with mounted .50 cal automatic weapons on both ends. These are quite effective in the deeper regions of the river.
The number of migrants crossing the border between Egypt and Israel dropped to zero last week for the first time since 2006, as construction of the last small sections of a 150-mile fence is due to be completed in the coming weeks. A total of 36 migrants crossed into Israel from Egypt in December, all of whom were detained, compared with 2,295 in January.Seems a shame to not have an orderly process by which foreign workers could be naturalized, taught the language, and placed in the workforce, in order to displace the "Palestinian" Arabs who currently perform a lot of the low-level tasks.