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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Asylum and Immigration Law: A murderous policy to make refugees flee (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:19:05 +0300

As the draft law was being drafted, parliamentarians confirmed the Interior Ministry's desire to introduce a xenophobic migration policy. The objective: to limit the entry into France and to set up an institutional mistreatment of foreign people to get them to leave the country by all means ---- Following its adoption in April in the National Assembly, senators began considering the Asylum and Immigration Bill on June 19. A large part of the amendments favorable to migrants have been swept away by the Senate, including those proposing the abolition of the offense of solidarity. Instead of removing this provision that criminalizes people in solidarity, the bill ultimately only makes cosmetic changes. And current trials show that the hunt for solidarity offenders is not about to end.

New measures, likely to affect a large number of people, have been added to the project. These include the restriction of family reunion (which is now the main reason for foreigners entering France), or the tightening of access to a residence permit for parents of a French child.

Imprisonment as a means of pressure
Senators also added to the project the reduction of state medical aid, to make it an emergency aid under certain conditions and with limited amounts. A particularly harmful measure, since it will apply to all people in an irregular situation, and very symbolic: State medical aid, which covers the medical expenses of undocumented migrants, is one of the traditional beasts of the right . The extension of detention in custody to 90 days is another attack: we validate the possibility of locking up up to three months of people for the mere fact of not having papers, in the hope (vain) of to see them resolve to expulsion. Imprisonment is thus conceived as a means of pressure, a physical and psychological violence intended to bruise, to discourage and ultimately force deportation of those who refuse to submit to it. The violence inherent in detention centers is thus the result of political will. It should be noted that children of undocumented parents may still be locked up in an administrative detention center (CRA) with their parents, in the name of preserving the family unit (it is believed they dream). Another serious provision of symbols and consequences is the use of videoconferencing for virtually all court hearings that foreigners may be forced to take. Here again, an exceptional justice system is emerging, since these measures provide for reduced rights for foreigners (no such arrangement exists for French nationals).

Lastly, surveillance and registration will now extend to foreign minors: the law provides for the creation of a national biometric file for young people who will be declared to be of age when they arrive in the country. It is still unclear how the data in this file will be used.

As we go to press, the text must be discussed in the Senate, without too much hope that it will return to its own positions. Given France's refusal to accept the Aquarius, regular evacuations of camps and police harassment at the borders, it is clear that this bill is in the direction of a murderous policy, against which it is not too late to mobilize.

Clem (AL PNE)

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