Germany: Incoming Interior Minister Promises To Be Stronger On Deportations Of Failed Asylum Seekers And Criminals

From the Daily Mail:
Germany’s incoming interior minister has promised to ‘significantly’ speed up deportations of failed asylum seekers and to take a tough line against criminal migrants.

Horst Seehofer, of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Bavarian sister party the CSU, also promised a broader ‘zero-tolerance’ law and order drive under their new coalition government to be launched Wednesday.

Seehofer was long the harshest critic within Merkel’s conservative bloc of her decision to open Germany’s borders to a mass influx of migrants since 2015.

Most of those who came across the Balkans route passed through Seehofer’s southern state of Bavaria – at times more than 10,000 a day – sparking a strong backlash in the region.

In an interview with newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Seehofer said that as the new head of an expanded ministry of interior and homeland affairs, he was working on a ‘master plan for speedier asylum procedures and consistent deportations’.

Repatriations and deportations must be ‘raised significantly’, he said, vowing to especially ‘get tougher’ on those who break German law or are deemed a security threat.

‘We want to remain a country that is open to the world and liberal,’ Seehofer said. ‘But when it comes to protecting the citizens, we need a strong state. I will take care of that.’

Seehofer also said: ‘There has to be a consensus throughout Germany that we will no longer tolerate lawless zones.’

Germany’s mass migrant influx brought more than a million people to Europe’s biggest economy, about half of them from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan…..

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