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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #80 March 2004 - Deporting our neighbours - Government plays race card to divide and rule

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Date Sun, 11 Apr 2004 10:45:54 +0200 (CEST)

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On Wednesday the 11th of February, Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB)
officers began a covert operation, arresting 65 failed asylum-seekers.
The 53 Romanians and 12 Moldovans were arrested in their homes in Dublin,
Meath, Westmeath and Wicklow, before being brought to Mountjoy and
Cloverhill prisons to await their deportations. At 7.30 the following
morning they were flown on a chartered flight, which went first to Romania
and then on to Moldova. 12 of the deportees were children; some of whom may
have been Irish citizens, the GNIB refuses to release that
information. We do know however that 34 of the Romanian
deportees were men, 12 women and 7 children.

One of the Romanian deportees, Mr. Josif Fagoras (27), left
behind his wife and three young children, all under seven. One of
Mr. Fagoras' children is an Irish citizen whose family is supposed
to be protected under article 41 of the Irish Constitution. It seems
that the Irish State is under no compulsion to obey its own laws.
Instead the State has decided that 'Irish Born Citizens' are a
different kind of citizen, these young Irish Citizens, who can't
stand up for themselves, are having their constitutional rights
trampled on by the State, and by the Minister for Justice, Michael

It is extremely difficult to understand why the State wants to
deport so many immigrants. Even if we look at the immigrants as
the State does, not as human beings but as economic units, the
State's immigration policy doesn't make sense. Last year alone,
Minister McDowell signed 2,428 deportation orders; for all of
these deportation orders to be carried out it would have cost the
Irish taxpayer in the region of 6.5 million euro. Clearly it is not the
immigrants that are costing the economy but the State's racist
immigration policy.

Considering that the ruling class is terrified of a shrinking work
force, the State's immigration policy makes even less sense. The
week after last month's operation, Blair, Schroder and Chirac
(Germany and France's respective heads of State) called on
Europeans to have more children. Kofi Annan, General Secretary
of the UN, recently warned that 'Without immigration, the
population of the soon-to-be 25 Member States of the EU - 452
million in 2000 - would drop to under 400 million people by
2050...Were this to happen, jobs would go unfilled and services
undelivered. Your economies would shrink and your societies
could stagnate.'

There's no reason for the State's current draconian immigration
policy except the age-old tactic off 'Divide and Rule'. It suits the
Irish elite to scapegoat refugees for all the problems that their
mismanagement of society causes. The ruling class wants to set
Irish workers against immigrant workers so as to prevent the
workers from seeing that their interests are the same regardless of
nationality. But libertarian socialists know; Immigrant and Irish
workers: same bosses - same struggle.
McDowell jackboots in some new laws

Michael McDowell, continued his racist term in office as the
current minister for justice, injustice might be a more apt title, by
announcing his plans for a referendum in June designed to deny
automatic citizenship to children born here to non-national
parents. The state is taking a racist stance in the run up to the
local elections, in an effort to win support for government party
candidates. McDowell is doing his part to ensure that Ireland shuts
it's door on people who are desperately seeking a new life. All we
can do is be thankful that other countries didn't adopt that attitude
when hundreds of thousands of Irish people left here.

See also

Thinking about Anarchism - Immigration
The flip side to the world of freedom of movement for the wealthy
and their commodities is that there are massive restrictions on the
freedom of movement for those seeking to escape the poverty of
the third world.

Refugees & Asylum seekers in Ireland
A collection of articles from Workers Solidarity about racism
against refugees and Asylum seekers in Ireland and the struggle
against it.
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This edition is No80 published in March 2004

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