Macron Vows To Deport Undocumented Criminal Foreigners

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French President Macron announced early Sunday that France will deport any undocumented foreigner who commits a crime. This has not previously been the case and an Interior Minister of Lyon announced that he sees shortcomings in the deportation process. The minister, along with another high-ranking public official, has been disciplined by President Macron for those comments.

2014-2016 saw a punishing series of terror attacks in France, including the unprecedented killing of 12 cartoon journalists at their offices in Paris, along with a local policeman on January 7, 2015.

Since January 2017, France has seen eight attacks by undocumented migrants, many of whom arrived during the great migration of Syrians in 2016. The Local reports that in a televised announcement, Macron told viewers France 'will do what we must do.'

This comes directly on the heels of the vicious stabbing deaths of two women on the street in Marseilles on October 1. The killer, a Tunisian man who had been freed from jail one day before those attacks, had been well known by police and had a history of crime.

In 2015 alone, there were a reported 4.7 million migrants crossing the borders into the European Union (EU) many of whom were undocumented and the total number of undocumented migrants is not known, but expected to be anywhere from 2 to 3 million people. Once inside the EU, the newly migrant population are able to move freely to neighboring countries that are EU member states which include France.

According to The United Kingdom's Home Office, 250,000 people "drop off the radar" in the UK each year and there are 1.2 million illegal immigrants in Britain right now. France and other EU countries are dealing with similar numbers of illegal an undocumented people in the country, many of whom are only known when a terrorist attack or other crime has been committed.

In France, 7.3 million born each year have at least one immigrant parent. France has always had immigration, in the 1930's the immigrant population came from Spain or Italy, in the 1960's from Algeria and Morocco. From the 1970's and onward, most immigration to France came from North and West African countries. Since 2015, Syrians and North Africans have been the highest number influx of immigrant, both seeking asylum and those who came undetected and remain undocumented.

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