Israel’s interior minister said on Friday he hoped to soon start moving tens of thousands of illegal African migrants from Tel Avivand elsewhere to a detention camp being built and a planned “tent city.”
An Israeli court cleared the way on Thursday for the deportation of an estimated 1,500 South Sudanese, after ruling that their lives were no longer threatened in their homeland.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai told public radio 40,000 Sudanese and Eritreans were next in his sights.
“There are still about 15,000 from north Sudan and some 35,000 from Eritrea,” he said. “I am not allowed to get them out at the moment.”
He said he expected legal obstacles would be removed and that the government was also offering a grant to those prepared to leave voluntarily.
“They are close to being expelled either willingly or against their will,” he said. “This is a number that threatens the Jewish identity.”
As a first step, he said, illegals would be rounded up and moved to a detention centre being built insouthern Israel at a projected cost of 250 million shekels ($6.7 million, 5.4 million euros).
“As soon as the facility is completed, which could be in a few months — and alongside it we plan to put up a tent city with all the accepted conditions — then we shall start moving migrants from south Tel Aviv, from (the Red Sea town of) Eilat … wherever they are.”
It’s more expensive to detain an illegal immigrant than expel them. The reasons countries do it are:
(1) Your legal system has due process, and they have a right to argue for residency based reasons ranging from they have a valid claim to asylum to there was an error in their being designated illegal.
(2) Your legal system has due process, and they are suspected of a crime, so the allegations need to resolved in court.