Monday, 15 Oct 2018

LIVE – Follow the review of the Asylum Bill and immigration in the hemicycle

>> Follow the debates live:

>> The key points

  • The debates in the Assembly on the draft law “controlled immigration, an effective right of asylum and a successful integration” are very tense. The examination of the text will overflow on the day of Saturday, even that of Sunday. A first test for the majority who leaves divided.
  • More than a thousand amendments tabled, including about two hundred LREM members.
  • On Thursday evening, the majority took action to reduce the time limit for filing an asylum application from 120 to 90 days. The left denounced a measure voted with the right and the FN.

>> The essence of the debates

Article 12 was adopted

Amendment on the courts at the foot of the airport runways

Autain (LFI) wants to abolish the “remove specially designed courts at the foot of airport runways”. His amendment is rejected.

LR MPs want tough on Article 11

The LR deputies try to harden the text, proposing in particular the pronunciation of OQTF “if the foreigner has committed a criminal offense sanctioned by a final judgment of the competent courts” or if the foreigner prevents the registration of his fingerprints.

While the administrative authority can now endorse an OQTF with a ban on returning to the country for three years, Republican deputies want to extend this term to ten years.

The amendments are rejected. Article 11 was adopted.

“Extreme right most extreme”

Gerard Collomb defends his text and says that in 2017, only 25,000 OQTFs were actually executed out of 85,000 pronounced. The minister wants to put an end to the “machine to manufacture illegals” and warns against a coming to power of “extreme extreme right”.

According to him, to delete Article 11, as the opposition demands, would be to “abolish any distinction between asylum and immigration”.

Start of debate on Article 11

This article provides that “a foreigner who has lodged an asylum application and wishes to apply for a residence permit must take this second step in parallel with his asylum application.

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