For once, France is doing something better than the US
This is outstanding! The US could (for once) learn something from France.International Herald Tribune said:Expulsion of illegals stepped up by France
By Katrin Bennhold International Herald Tribune
Published: September 1, 2006
PARIS France has accelerated its deportation of illegal immigrants and is more than halfway toward its 2006 target of 25,000, the Interior Ministry says, but with a new school year approaching the government appears to have largely refrained from expelling families with school-age children.
The issue is highly emotive here, with the government under pressure both from the left and the far right - and from ordinary citizens.
On Wednesday, passengers on an Air France flight to Lagos tried to prevent the plane from taking off when they learned that a Nigerian youth was being deported against his will.
Nonetheless, the expulsions of Africans, Asians and East Europeans are moving forward, reaching 12,716 as of July 31, and accelerating in August, according to Franck Louvrier, spokesman for Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.
France expelled 20,000 illegal immigrants in 2005, and Sarkozy vowed to step up the pace after suburban riots last autumn in areas largely inhabited by people of foreign extraction.
"We are on track for our objective of 25,000 expulsions," Louvrier said.
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