Wednesday, 25 June 2008

The Great Awakening

All around the world the sleep of nations is over, as at last the forces of nationalism are reawakening.

The suggestion of a law similar to the one espoused by Israel - The Prevention of Infiltration Act - is one we should enact here as soon as possible, including of course a new border police force, internal security forcesto track down illegals and new facilities to detain them prior to deportation.

Note the spelling mistake of the word immigrant in the telegraph article - they spelt it 'immigrat' - I like that.

These two stories show how this occuring ;

Amnesty International Monday condemned Israel's plans to imprison asylum
seekers, saying the proposed law effectively bars asylum seekers and
''potentially criminalize those who seek protection from persecution.''

"The draft law fails to take into account the particularly vulnerable
situation of asylum seekers and refugees," the London- based human rights
organization said.

"Such procedures would effectively deny individuals fleeing persecution
access to refugee status determination procedures, and fall far short of
Israel's international legal obligations as a state party to the 1951
Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol," it warned.

The proposed law, which makes no provision for asylum seekers fleeing from
violence or persecution, provides for the automatic detention pending
deportation within 72 hours of anyone who enters the country at any point
other than an authorized border crossing.

Individuals, who cannot be immediately deported would be sentenced to five
years' imprisonment "without distinction as to their identity or their
intention when infiltrating."

Residents and citizens of ten listed states or territories, including
refugee-producing countries such as Sudan and Iraq, would face up to seven
years of imprisonment.

In a memorandum sent to the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee of
the Israeli Knesset, Amnesty urged legislators to reject the proposed law
when it meets on Tuesday to discuss the draft "Prevention of Infiltration
Law - 2008".

"The detention and removal process set out in the draft law, especially the
high level of discretion granted to officers to remove individuals within 72
hours, are inconsistent with Israel's obligations under international
treaties, including the Refugee Convention," it said.

The human rights groups said that since 2005, up to 8,000 Eritreans,
Sudanese, and other nationals who have entered Israel via the Egyptian
border would have been considered to be "infiltrators" and would have been
liable to immediate deportation back to Egypt. --IRNA


Soldiers could be sent into Italy's cities, illegal immigrants will be imprisoned and all non-serious court cases will be frozen for a year under new measures approved by Italy's senate.


Police patrol a gypsy camp in Rome. Illegal immigrats could face four years in jail under the newly approved measures

The senate voted 166 to 123 to approve a wide-ranging package of measures which will allow Silvio Berlusconi to govern Italy with an iron fist.

Mr Berlusconi, 71, will now be able to use as many as 3,000 soldiers for up to six months in order to fight crime. Previously, the use of the army had to be agreed by the parliament beforehand. The first destination for the troops is likely to be Naples, where Mr Berlusconi faces violent opposition to his plans for dealing with the city's rubbish crisis.

The perma-tanned billionaire will also no longer have to worry about his ongoing court case for allegedly corrupting David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the Olympic minister. Mr Berlusconi is accused of giving Mr Mills £350,000 in order to stand favourable witness in a separate trial. Both men deny wrong-doing.

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The trial could be suspended under a measure designed to free up Italy's judiciary to concentrate on murder and Mafia cases. More than 100,000 "non-serious" trials, including trials for fraud, manslaughter, theft and kidnapping, will shut down for a year to give the courts a chance to catch up on their backlog.

The National Association of Magistrates said the move would cause "unprecedented chaos" and offered Mr Berlusconi the chance to cut a deal: personal immunity from prosecution if he would let the trials continue.

Mr Berlusconi said he was "outraged" by suggestions that he would pass a law in order to have his own trial suspended. He vowed that the Mills case would continue, despite the new decree.

Another controversial measure in the package will eventually see illegal immigrants imprisoned for up to four years. Landlords who rent homes to illegal immigrants will have their properties seized. Mr Berlusconi has pinned much of the blame for Italy's crime problem on immigrants and has vowed to "wash the piazzas clean of uncertainty". Immigrants who claim to have family in Italy will be given DNA tests.

Anna Finocchiaro, a spokesman for the opposition Democratic Party, said there had been no consultation by the government over the new measures. "We have to have a dialogue over our shared principles and rules," she said.

"We will vote no. The text has two mistaken measures, which are dangerous and against the Constitution. First there is the criminalisation of immigration, and the second is the suspension of trials".

However, Mr Berlusconi's enormous majority in the Senate easily overwhelmed the opposition. The measure will now be ratified by the Lower House of parliament. No date has been set, but the parliament has 30 days in which to carry out a vote.

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