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Spain Is Next

Look for the riots, looting and burning in Europe to spread to Spain any day now. The Euro-Peons policies regarding illegal immigrants is starting to catch up with them. The outsiders come to Europe looking for jobs and money and when they don’t find them they get angry. Unfortunately, the countries of Europe have tied their own hands with lax immigration policies and complete lack of enforcement, not to mention stagnant economies and double-digit unemployment rates. Key quote below: “Through March this year, Spain issued more than 9,000 expulsion orders against people from such countries—meaningless documents it cannot enforce.”

On our side of the pond, has anyone considered what we’ll do if the 11 million illegal Mexicans in the US ever start rioting and looting? I’ve thought about it and all I’ll say is I am well prepared. Very well prepared ....

African Immigrants in Spain Scraping By
MADRID, Spain (AP)

The luckier ones sleep in crowded apartments or shelters and do construction work, dodging inspectors or using a friend’s papers. The less fortunate live in parks and hand out fliers, toiling for a pittance. They are Africans in limbo, scraping by in a country that does not want them but cannot expel them. And this tough life is their prize after long, dangerous journeys from destitute homelands that won’t take them back.

Their plight was thrust into the spotlight when hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans scaled razor-wire fences to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta in late September and early October. Eleven were killed in clashes with security forces. The Africans’ goal is to reach mainland Spain and find work, or move on to another European country. But whatever they may have expected, what they found is not paradise.

Consider Billy Oduagbon, a 21-year-old Nigerian who traveled through Niger and Algeria en route to Madrid. After months of begging in Tangiers, he made it to Melilla, on Morocco’s northern coast, but was daunted by the city’s razor-wire fences. He returned to Tangiers and boarded a rickety boat—the most common conduit for Africans trying to reach Spain. The trip across the Strait of Gibraltar was terrifying—56 people, men, women and two babies, braving a choppy waterway in the dead of night. “We were just playing with our lives,” he said. “If there was no God, I believe I would not be living today.”

He arrived in southern Spain in January 2003, was immediately arrested, spent two days in a holding facility and was then abandoned to the streets. “They set us free at 8 o’clock, in the big night,” Oduagbon said. Ultimately he made it to Madrid where he lives in the streets or in a Red Cross shelter. He has made a bit of money flagging down drivers looking for parking spots, but without a work permit, a steady job is a dream, he says.

Other Africans like him have ended up peddling drugs. Oduagbon won’t criticize them. “A situation can change anybody in this life,” he said. The government can’t expel Oduagbon because he arrived without a passport and so can’t prove he is from Nigeria—one of few countries south of the Sahara desert that has an agreement allowing Spain to repatriate illegal migrants. Countries without such accords refuse to take emigrants back. Through March this year, Spain issued more than 9,000 expulsion orders against people from such countries—meaningless documents it cannot enforce.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/07/2005 at 07:11 AM   
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