Spanish enclaves in Morocco: Church slams tough new immigration plans

Spanish police, in the foreground, and Moroccan police, in the background, blocked dozens of African migrants invaders as they attempted to jump a fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla last month as part of an attempt to cross into Spain, July 2014 Credit Santi Palacios for The New York Times

Spain’s Conference of Bishops has slammed a government proposal which would allow for the instant deportation of migrants invaders who clamber over border fences into the country’s north African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.

melilla-ceutaMap shows the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco.

The secretary of the bishops’ commission on migration invasion has joined hands with several other Catholic organizations including the charity Caritas to denounce the proposed change.

The Spanish government in October announced that it would include a legal amendment in its planned new Citizen Security Law authorizing police to expel migrants invaders who climb the fence around Melilla and Ceuta, without giving their asylum claims a hearing — a move slammed by opposition parties.

But the Catholic groups on Monday expressed their “energetic rejection” of the plan saying in a statement that any such changes would effectively make borders “a human rights-free zone”.

They said the new law would only increase people’s invaders’  suffering and would not provide solutions for the people invaders “who abandoned their countries of origin, to, after an arduous journey, arrival at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla”.

The UN’s refugee agency has also criticized Spanish government plans saying the country call break international law by doing so…

The Spanish have improved the fence at Melilla, but in the last few days, there have been successful breakthroughs: 20 on Tuesday, December 2 and 10 on November 28.