Darmanin is preparing yet another facilitation of deportations

The law will not be examined by Parliament until the beginning of next year, and Elisabeth Borne has promised consultation and a parliamentary debate on the subject in November. Despite everything, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, is pressing ahead with the preparation of a text designed to show the firmness and hardening of the government, only four years after the previous asylum and immigration law, then led by the Minister at the time Gérard Collomb. The main measure, already included in the draft of the bill, corresponds to a promise by candidate Macron, which is supposed to respond to the push from the far right: the fact that a refusal of an asylum application by the French Office of Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) automatically entails an obligation to leave French territory (OQTF), without even waiting for a possible appeal. The security objective is always the same: to speed up asylum procedures – at the risk of distorting the most elementary law – and to deport more quickly. Another major development: increase from one to three years the period during which an OQTF allows a foreigner to be placed under house arrest or in detention.

“Firmness and closure”

But the law is formal: anyone can appeal. In asylum procedures, it is with the National Court of Asylum (CNDA). The Ministry therefore intends to drastically reduce examination times by “generalizing the single judge” – today the files are studied in a collegial way – and by creating branches of the Ofpra and the CNDA throughout France, under the name of “France Asile”. So many provisions which made AFP react to Pierre Henry, president of France Fraternités, who believes that these could “colliding with the law without settling the migration issue”. And to ask: “What is the objective of this reform, four years after the Collomb law? We are no longer in “humanity and firmness” but in “firmness and closure”. »

To counterbalance this umpteenth headlong rush, Gérald Darmanin is trying to give pledges . During his hearing with the deputies on September 20, he reiterated his ” line “ : “A foreigner who commits acts of serious delinquency must leave the territory, but a foreigner who works, integrates, learns French, has all his place. »A “at the same time” which has little to do with a further tightening of the right to asylum. The fact remains that the Minister of the Interior has declared, with regard to the request for regularization for undocumented workers, that he wants “change the law”not judging “Not normal that only the employer can request the regularization of the person who works for him. It is a balance of power which is not positive for the employee”. The latter could himself start the process, provided that the employer provides him with the necessary legal documents, which is far from being the case when we know the reality of clandestine work.


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