Immigration: government unveils outline of bill on Tuesday

A first test for the future immigration law: the government is presenting the outlines of its draft text ahead of a debate in the National Assembly this Tuesday, hoping to reach a fragile consensus on the divisive and highly combustible issue with the opposition.

After Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who will give a speech on France’s migration policy at around 17:00, several ministers will defend each other, including the two authors of the bill, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Labour’s Olivier Dussopt. This text, which should be officially presented at the beginning of 2023.

It essentially includes measures aimed at making deportation procedures more efficient, an equation that has plagued French migration policy for years and that the latest asylum and immigration law of 2018 failed to address. Therefore, the government is introducing a series of tightening measures that serve to speed up procedures and a “structural” reform of the asylum system, as well as some measures in favor of integration, especially through the regularization of undocumented workers.

On this subject of immigration fueled by “fantasies”, we summarize the project “aimed at efficiency” in Matignon: “They will stay to eliminate those who should be removed sooner and to be able to better integrate through language and work”.

Residence permits for undocumented migrants in “stressed” professions

The two flagship measures alone represent the balance sought and a delay in Gerald Darmani’s promised bill since the summer. On the one hand, the obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) as soon as the asylum application is rejected at the initial stage without waiting for a possible application, and on the other hand, the creation of a residence permit for undocumented workers. jobs without workforce”.

“We need a politics of strength and humanity, faithful to our values. This is the best antidote to all the extremes that feed on anxiety,” Emmanuel Macron declared at a conference this weekend. Parisian. Inside the majority, Renaissance immigration task force member Rep. Mark Ferracci advocates the idea of ​​a “score residence permit” for “skilled immigration” on the Canadian model. Here, too, the rationale is “not to be politically bound by LR and RN in a purely quantitative discussion.”

Find consensus

This is the subject of the debate, which will be followed by another debate in the Senate on December 13: pledge to all sensibilities, especially the right, to find a consensus. The government already assured on Monday that the discussions will serve to “develop” a text that has not yet been finalized. “The goal is to find a compromise and get a large majority,” Matignon assured. Gerald Darmanin should also receive the president of the deputies LR Olivier Marleix on December 15, the text can be sent to the Council of State.

Like the far-right, the LRs criticize the draft as insufficiently repressive, in particular accusing the government of wanting to introduce a wave of “massive” regularization under the guise of “stressed employment”. The Assembly already rejected two LR bills on December 1 to deport foreign criminals. In this regard, the Ministry of Internal Affairs states that after the murder of 12-year-old Lola in mid-October, “efforts will be concentrated on criminals who violate public order” by giving “priority” to their removal from the country. , by an Algerian national obliged to leave French territory (OQTF).

In the document that summarizes the main directions of the government, the executive branch also touches on a topic dear to the right and the far right: “the overrepresentation of foreigners in illegal acts.” The option defended by the Ministry of Internal Affairs: “The government notes the reality and tries to respond.”

Associations supporting the exiles, some of whom participated in the consultation at Place Beauvau, condemned this “immigration-illegal assimilation” on Monday. They also deplored the 29th asylum and immigration bill since 1980, billed as “obsessed over OQTFs” but “always going in the same direction”. Cimade: “Restriction of reception conditions and continuous deterioration of rights”.

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