Revoking citizenship and the threat to immigration
Protests over immigrants
With all the immigration caps in effect and cuts to numbers of skilled workers, you’d think governments would be happy with the dip in immigration.
But you’d be wrong.
French lawmakers are today debating a controversial immigration bill that would expand the state’s power to strip foreign-born citizens of their nationality for ‘major’ crimes.
By major, we’re not just talking about attempts to kill someone in authority (ie., a police officer, fireman or judge) – that’s already a law, and understandably so.
In this case, it’s expelling foreigners (including EU citizens!) who threaten public order by … wait for it … ‘aggressive begging’ or ‘abusive occupation of land’ or ‘repeated theft’.
Now, rights groups say this unfairly targets Roma, the Romanian and Bulgarian travellers who roam the continent in caravans like their ancestors before them.
But many non-Roma beggars could be dragged off and kicked out for being ‘aggressive’ or for ‘threatening the public order’, whatever that means.
This is the fifth immigration law in France in the past seven years, and it’s not out of the question that the next one (and there will be another one soon, count on that) will add lesser crimes like loitering, littering, spitting or chewing gum, like in Singapore!
So can we expect Great Britain to begin revoking UK visas after missed utility bill payments soon? You’re your immigration to Canada be reversed for a petty crime like not paying a parking ticket?