France : Deportation of Illegals Turns Into Genocide

France seeks to enforce deportation quotas for illegal aliens by Elizabeth Bryant, San Francisco Chronicle

It is not yet fortress France, but the welcome mat is vanishing for immigrants as lawmakers debate tougher legislation and the center-right government of President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks to enforce deportation quotas for illegal aliens. The National Assembly passed a bill Thursday requiring would-be immigrants to take language and cultural values examinations. Controversial clauses in the legislation would introduce voluntary DNA testing and legalize gathering data based on race and ethnicity.

The legislation must be debated in the French Senate, but groups ranging from leftist politicians and immigration rights activists to police unions worry about enforcing stricter enforcement rules, and the Vatican is criticizing DNA testing.

“The desire to go to Europe is very strong,” said Catherine de Wenden, an immigration expert at the National Center for Scientific Research, a Paris think tank. “And the tougher the policy, the more likely it will lead to illegal immigration.”

Nearly 5 million immigrants live in France, accounting for about 8 percent of the nation’s 63 million inhabitants, according to the National Statistics Institute. The figure does not account for the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa. On Tuesday, several hundred protesters gathered in front of the National Assembly, waving banners denouncing Sarkozy and the new legislation.

“France has a tradition of immigration – it’s part of its wealth,” said Majid Messoudene, a 31-year-old Algerian from the Paris suburb of St. Denis, whose residents include a preponderance of immigrants. “Whether the government likes it or not, we’ll remain a country of immigration. And we’ll help the illegals and prevent deportations as much as possible.”

Prominent French scientists say DNA testing to determine whether foreigners applying for visas are actually related to family members they seek to join in France is unethical and illegal. Immigration activists such as Mouloud Aounit suggest the legislation reflects a “xenophobic” government.

“We can’t have immigration legislation that threatens fundamental liberties,” said Aounit, head of Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between People, a Paris-based anti-discrimination group.

But supporters argue that France needs to set immigration limits to preserve its economy and national identity.

“A responsible management of migratory flows appears the only possible policy,” Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux told parliament, as he described the country’s current integration model as a failure.

Even members of Sarkozy’s own government – including Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who has said illegal immigrants should be expelled on a case-by-case basis – have voiced reservations about the new legislation.

Still, the bill makes good on Sarkozy’s campaign promises for “chosen immigration,” favoring skilled workers who fill critical labor gaps.

“Only 7 percent of immigration today is work-related. How can people integrate in France if they don’t have work?” he said Thursday on French television.

Sarkozy, the hard-driving former interior minister – and the son of a Hungarian immigrant – helped push through two previous laws hardening the country’s immigration policy. Last year, he created much controversy by deporting illegal immigrant students – and he cracked down on rioting youths in 2005, many of whom were of Arab and African extraction.

Just this year, Sarkozy has set deportation quotas for illegal residents – 25,000 in 2007; it was 15,000 in 2004 – and his immigration minister chastised regional governors last week for failing to meet them.

But the president has also championed affirmative action – what he calls “positive discrimination” – in jobs and education.

And his new government is striking in its ethnic diversity, starting with Justice Minister Rachida Dati, the daughter of North African immigrants.

Sarkozy’s policies have played well among many French – as did the slogan he once borrowed from far-right nationalist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen: “France, love it or leave it.”

A survey published Tuesday in Le Figaro indicated that 74 percent of those polled favor immigration quotas. Most also support French-language requirements for would-be immigrants and oppose blanket conformance to law, rules or custom by illegal immigrants, according to the OpinionWay poll.

France’s strict approach is reflected elsewhere in Europe, where many countries are requiring language testing and attempting to entice qualified foreign workers.

But some economists say Europe needs unskilled workers, given the decline in birth rates and the graying of the continent. An International Monetary Fund report says the fastest-growing segment of the population is older than 80. And studies by the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration show that immigrants typically work in occupations shunned by Europeans.

But such arguments aren’t why civil servant Vincent Strobel adamantly opposes his government’s immigration policy.

“They (immigrants) should have full rights and participate fully in the construction of this country,” said Strobel as he passed out flyers against the new legislation in front of the National Assembly.

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Tout le monde peut comprendre qu’il est impossible pour nous de rentrer sans danger au Kazakhstan, où les Russes qui restent sont déjà très brimés.
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Si on nous embarquait de force, qu’on ait au moins pitié de nos enfants, qu’ils soient confiés à ma mère.»

Michael Petrelis Page on the subject
Act Up-Paris zappe le ministère de l’immigration




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