Opening the Floodgates
It looks like Interior Minister Manuel Valls (above) is going to be very firm with illegal immigrants. The longer they remain illegally in France, the greater the risk he will make them French citizens! At least that is the implication of the reforms contained in a circular sent to the ministers. Novopress reports:
The circular from the Interior Ministry on amnesty for illegal aliens was presented on Wednesday to the Council of Ministers and published on Thursday (November 29) in the Journal Officiel (similar to the Federal Register). New criteria for amnesty have been established. The families of the illegal aliens will be amnestied on the condition they have been residing on French territory for five years and their children have been enrolled in school for three. Illegal workers must have been present in France for at least five years, and must have worked the last two years consecutively. Finally, young adult illegal aliens who attended school at least three years in France before their 18th birthday will be amnestied.
The most notable new feature is the slackening of certain rules. Illegal workers formerly had to work one year with the same employer. Moreover, interim activities and work from home were not counted in. Henceforth they are. As for family reunification, eighteen months of family life are now enough to be legalized, whereas before five years were necessary. Last, the test of French competency has been abandoned. It is no longer necessary to master the French language to receive your papers.
Note: It remains to be determined if those who do master French will be denied amnesty on grounds they are too French.
What will be the impact of this text on the number of legalizations? According to Manuel Valls, there will not be a significant effect on the variations in the flow of those sent back and those amnestied. Expulsions of illegal aliens were already so few and far between that it will probably not change in any way the number of those sent back.
Not surprisingly, Marine Le Pen denounced Manuel Valls' plans. This communiqué is posted at Nations Presse.
The new circular published by the Interior minister on the criteria for legalizing illegal aliens is in keeping with the policies of massive legalization begun by the Left in 1981 (130,000 amnestied) and in 1997 (more than 80,000).
Following in the footsteps of his UMP predecessors, Manuel Valls is acting as an ideologue and a fanatical immigrationist guided by one objective only: the general easing of the conditions for legalization.
This lax State policy, elevated to the level of an operational rule, is economically irresponsible at a time when unemployment is reaching new records and politically disastrous because it encourages and accelerates the ever-more-massive flow of illegal migration.
At a time when our country has been struck by an unprecedented crisis and when poverty is striking more and more Frenchmen, bleeding heart egoism from the Left should be banished.
As for illegal immigration, the State must be of unwavering firmness and apply one rule only: any illegal alien who violated the laws of the Republic by entering illegally onto French territory and staying there must be expelled and all chances of amnesty must be removed.