July 3, 2006

NOTHING THEY DIDN'T DO TO JEWISH KIDS IN THE 40s (via Tom Morin):

France Approves Sweeping Immigration Law, Protests Escalate (AFP, 6/30/06)

The French parliament on Friday approved a divisive new immigration law which tilts the system in favour of qualified foreign workers and increases the restrictions on others.

The vote coincided with an escalating furore over threats by the government to deporting school-age children whose parents are illegal immigrants, which is expected to cumulate in a mass protest in Paris on Saturday. [...]

As the immigration bill worked its way through parliament, a political row intensified over the fate of thousands of young illegal immigrants, who campaigners fear could be deported with their families once the school term ends in early July.

Politicians from the left-wing opposition, media personalities and sports stars have been among thousands to sign a petition which promises to provide refuge for children threatened with expulsion after June 30, when a government moratorium expires. Former Socialist minister Jacques Lang has described the government’s action as a "manhunt".

The children are from families who entered France illegally and who would normally be expelled along with their parents. But campaigners say that most of them know no other country and that deportation would be inhumane.


It'd be heartening to see them defy their own state, but for every decent Frenchman there'd be three others ready to trade a kid's location for a pair of nylons or a pack of cigarettes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 3, 2006 8:20 PM
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As Tevye said, Tradition!

Posted by: erp at July 4, 2006 8:19 AM
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