Monday, August 28, 2006

Dumped illegals in Spain's street causes protest.

EU: It did not take long for communities to get angry about this absurd law by Spain that after 40 days if you can't figure out where the illegal came from just let them go on the streets. That is asking for conflict.

A political row is raging in Spain over the fate of the hundreds of illegal immigrants allegedly being "dumped" across the mainland after arriving by boat in the Canary Islands. With more than 18,000 immigrants arriving from west Africa this year, immigrant holding centres on the holiday islands are at bursting point. Many of the exhausted Africans deliberately ''lose" their identity papers during their journey, making it impossible for Spain to deport them or easily assess asylum requests. Under Spanish law, after an initial 40 days in detention, migrants who cannot be deported are released inside Spain with a piece of paper telling them to leave the country. Most choose to ignore that request and instead become trapped in legal limbo, unable to gain work papers and unwilling to return home. advertisement But as the numbers arriving on Spanish city streets in this way have grown in recent weeks, the local communities have begun to protest. The conservative Popular Party opposition said a disproportionate number of immigrants was sent to regions it governs, while Catalonia's socialist government claimed last week that the interior ministry had flown an aircraft full of illegal immigrants into Barcelona with no prior warning. Although most are offered assistance by non governmental organisations on arrival, the government has been accused of "dumping" them in cities without informing local authorities. A Catalan government spokesman said the policy was leaving immigrants "defenceless" and causing "social alarm". "Immigrants without papers are freely moving around Spain and it is creating a problem on an incalculable scale," said Miguel Arias Canete, the Popular Party's economic spokesman. He estimated that 11,000 immigrants have been scattered throughout Spain so far this year, three times last year's figure. "The government is running blind with a policy that only gets the problem off its back temporarily," Victor Campos, the deputy premier of the Canaries, said last week. He called for urgent negotiations to tackle the problem. "The government is treating illegal immigration as an administrative process. It is only worried about doling out papers, whether to legalise the immigrants, deport them or send them to other regions of Spain."
Spain still running to the EU for help that Zappo and his crew created themselves with passing amnesty last year.
Tomorrow Spain will press the European Union for more help in trying to stem the growing numbers of illegal immigrants trying to reach its shores. The deputy prime minister, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, is due to travel to Finland, which currently holds the EU presidency, and then to the union headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday to press for greater aid in stopping uncontrolled migration. Officials estimate that nearly 5,000 immigrants have landed in the Canary Islands this month alone, almost as many as in the whole of last year.

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