The old version of the Bill was withdrawn earlier in the year following hundreds of wrecking-amendments in Committee by the Opposition (especially Labour with its absurd demand that illegal immigrants who claim to have been trafficked should be allowed a 6-month visa automatically even if they refuse to cooperate in prosecutions of traffickers). The bill would:
- Remove the requirement to give notice to failed asylum-seekers of their deportation by repealing section 3 of the Immigration-Act 1999. That compares with the existing right to appeal deportaton within 15 days of notification of the deportation-order. This is necessary because 6,000 failed asylum-seekers have gone on the run to evade deportation and more would follow unless notice of date of deportation is abolished.
- Requires immigrants to enter via "approved ports" and present themselves to an Immigration-Officer. This could reduce the incentive to enter via NI, from where 90% of our asylum-seekers enter the state (according to the govt).
- Require the presentation of travel-documents at the frontiers of the State except for Irish/UK nationals.
26.—(1) A person (other than a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland who has travelled directly from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man or an Irish citizen) arriving or attempting to arrive from outside the State or entering or attempting to enter the State shall be in possession of a valid travel document. 20
(2) A person (including an Irish citizen) arriving or attempting to
arrive from outside the State or entering or attempting to enter the
(a) comply with such reasonable instructions as an immigration
officer may give for those purposes, and
(b) furnish to an immigration officer such information in such
manner as the immigration officer may reasonably
require for the purposes of the performance of his or her
functions, and where the immigration officer requires a
person other than a foreign national to provide biometric information—
(i) the biometric information need only be furnished to
the extent necessary to enable the immigration
officer to compare it with any biometric information
in a travel document furnished by the person, to establish that that travel document relates to him or
her and to establish the validity of that travel document,
(ii) the biometric information is not otherwise authorised
to be retained, stored or compared to any other biometric information.
(3) A person who contravenes this section is guilty of an offence.
(4) For the purposes of this Part, a person coming from outside
the State who arrives at any place in the State shall be deemed to
have arrived at a frontier of the State.
.—(1) A person (other than a person to whom a waiver has
been granted under section 24(4), a national of the United Kingdom
- introduces new offences (Section 149) of knowingly facilitating the entry of illegal-immigrants into the State.
This is a welcome and much overdue piece of legislation and it is imperative that on this occasion, the Government govern instead of pandering to an Opposition without (in 2010) a mandate to govern. Cosy-consensus is harmful to the democratic-process because it allows a minority to dictate to a majority. It is imperative that on this occasion, the Government pass the Bill. Write to Brian Cowen
, Dermot Ahern
and John Gormley
to push for its enactment this year. In a recession charity must begin at home. We cannot afford the annual asylum-bill of €300 million, wasted on property-moguls and free legal-aid. We must send a message that another PAMA-style asylum-scam will not be tolerated still less rewarded.
As ever, the dogooders in the Immigrant Council of Ireland are not to be outdone in the bleeding-heart stakes:
This organisation also campaigned vociferously against the Citizenship Referendum in 2004 and as such lacks credibility as a barometer of public-opinion. Pass the Bill!!!!
Originally Posted by Irish Times