Y’know, liberals keep saying that we need to be more like Europe, so why not? They’re stepping up deportations of illegal aliens because they need to make room for authentic, registered Syrian refugees.
European Union governments agreed on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and discussed creating an EU border force among measures to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria’s civil war.
Underlining the havoc brought by chaotic mass treks across Europe’s open borders over recent months, the German state of Bavaria threatened to break ranks with Berlin and send back to Austria migrants who cross its Alpine frontier.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose welcome for refugees has taken a toll on her ratings, insists she will not shut the door. Her deputy said there could be no pulling up of “drawbridges”. Austria’s interior minister warned of possible border “riots”.
The dispute between Vienna and one of Germany’s richest regions, which says over 200,000 migrants entered from Austria in a month, helps explain Merkel’s vocal support this week for the expulsion of those not fleeing for their lives and for tighter controls on who enters Europe across the Mediterranean.
A policy document approved by EU interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg called on states to ensure more of those ordered to leave should actually go. Some 470,000 expulsion orders were made last year but fewer than 40 percent of them were enforced.
Ministers declined to put figures on future deportations.
Attendees also agreed to work to end the war in Syria and stabilize Iraq and Afghanistanand also to step up expulsions and aid programs to persuade economic migrants to go home.
Echoing a call by President Francois Hollande on Wednesday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve proposed beefing up the EU’s Frontex borders agency and, in time, establishing a European Border Guard service with expanded powers to step in where national authorities had difficulty managing EU frontiers.
Ministers said there was broad agreement — though some also stressed the importance of preserving national sovereignty, a particular concern for those on the Mediterranean frontline.
“A Europe without secure external borders will be a Europe with internal border checks,” said de Maiziere, referring to the kind of row that has since Hungary line its frontiers with razor wire and EU allies start police checks on cross-border traffic.
Well it looks like they’re waking up to the threat slowly, but it may be too late.