Foreign criminals, OQTF, residence permits… What to remember from the interview with Gerald Darmanin in L’Heure des Pros

L’Heure des Pros guest returns at length to the immigration measures Home Secretary Gerald Darman intends to introduce through his upcoming bill on CNEWS this Thursday, November 3.

He explained the outlines of his project in detail. Gerald Darmanin was a guest on CNEWS this Thursday morning to present the main lines of the immigration bill in a context strongly marked by the inefficiency of the OQTF system (obligations to leave French territory). If he defended the efforts of the authorities, he also increased the announcements regarding the measures that will be presented to the parliamentarians at the beginning of 2023.

Preference for foreign criminals

The Minister of Internal Affairs announced that he intends to allow an additional 4,000 people to be deported from the country every year, targeting foreign criminals.

Limit the number and duration of applications

He also clarified that half of the 120,000 people subject to the OQTF have applied to challenge the process. Therefore, they cannot be excluded during the procedure, the minister noted. Gerald Darman said he regretted the length of these applications, which could be a period when a person may have committed a crime or had children and therefore no longer be deportable. “The proposal of the bill that I raised is to significantly reduce the duration and number of applications. Today, a foreigner has 12 possible solutions. We propose to increase their number to 4”, said Gerald Darmanin.

Explaining that today it takes two years to be removed from the country, he also wished that the rejection of the asylum application would be immediately equal to the OQTF and that the court would have fifteen days to hear the appeal.

Better cooperation with countries of origin

Recalling that 18,000 illegal aliens were deported from the country since the beginning of the year, Gerald Darmanin explained that the removal of the obligation of PCR tests against the Maghreb countries facilitated these departures and at the same time facilitated the work of authorities and forces. order, those who “pressured” these people. Reacting to the dossier of an illegal Algerian sent to Tunisia by mistake, he nevertheless realized the difficulty of identifying and knowing the true country of origin of people who do not want to cooperate, who do not have official documents and are not registered in any file.

Nevertheless, the Minister of Internal Affairs welcomed the improvement of cooperation between the countries in the issue of return of undocumented migrants. “A number of Maghreb and African states are taking back their citizens much more than a year ago,” he said, praising the “diplomatic activity of the President of the Republic.”

French language test for candidates with a residence permit

On the eve of the immigration bill, Gerald Darmanin believed that France’s policy in this matter should be based on several principles: “People coming to France should respect our laws, speak our language, respect our flag.”

Regulating undocumented migrants: a frightening breath of fresh air

As for the desire to regularize undocumented migrants working in illegal occupations, the interior minister explained that this option should not be a “call to the air”. On the other hand, he reaffirmed his desire to allow people who “work (sic), who do not cause any problems for public order, who raise their children as best they can, who have a salary certificate, who pay taxes and fees without social protection. exploited by people to get their documents.

Change for unaccompanied minors

When it comes to unaccompanied minors, whose age is difficult to verify or pinpoint, Gerald Darmanin said the government would “change things radically”.

“In the past, a person had to demonstrate their majority through bone tests or information from foreign countries. After that, the prosecutors of the Republic accept that the police accepted the presumptions of the majority.” In fact, when a police officer arrests “a person who is clearly a minor, bearded, overdeveloped, or known to him because of his employment,” a report may be drawn up with this in mind. adult “The public prosecutor will recognize the word police,” the Minister of Internal Affairs said in detail.

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