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Israel to Deport Children of Migrant Workers

Israel to Deport Children of Migrant Workers

Now that the school year has ended, 1200 children of migrant workers are set to be deported from Israel.

Israel lacks any sort of formal immigration policy for non-Jews, so current regulations are up to interior minister Eli Yishai. Despite the fact that the children were born and raised in Israel, speak Hebrew and practice Israeli customs, Yishai contends they “[are] liable to damage the state’s Jewish identity, constitute a demographic threat and increase the danger of assimilation.”

While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu previously stated, “We have created a Jewish and democratic nation, and we cannot let it turn into a nation of foreign workers,” an inter-ministerial committee headed by him recommends that 800 children be allowed to remain in Israel. 

There are an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 migrant workers primarily from Thailand, the Phillipines and China who pay recruiting agencies to be able to live and work in Israel. The government began recruiting labor from foreign countries so as not to rely on Palestinian labor.

Estimates of workers residing illegally in the country vary greatly, ranging anywhere from 50 percent to over 80 percent. However a worker’s illegal status does not necessarily signify they entered the country undocumented. Rotem Ilan, founder of the NGO Israeli Children, explains that if a migrant worker gives birth in Israel, they immediately become illegal. In addition, Israel has a 63 month time cap, but many workers contend it is not enough time to earn enough money to pay back the agencies that contracted them, and consequently they continue to live and work in the country illegally. 

Thousands of Israelis have participated in protests demanding that the children remain. Meanwhile, Yishai has threatened to abandon his immigration responsibilities if the children are not deported.

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9:13AM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Mislabed title. Israel is deporting families who came to Israel or stayed illegally. The parents are being deported and expected to take their children with them. I know that in the USA when parents are deported, their children up to the age of 18 must go with them. To all those who have a problem with this - should the children be separated from their parents? Or should illegals be rewarded because of the status of their children? I say leave and apply for citizenship in a legal manor.

5:00PM PST on Dec 31, 2010

Sounds like anchor babies..

6:12PM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

. Despite the fact that the children were born and raised in Israel, speak Hebrew and practice Israeli customs, Yishai contends they "[are] liable to damage the state's Jewish identity, constitute a demographic threat and increase the danger of assimilation."
JUST AS HITLER WANTED TO PROTECT THE SUPPOSED RACIAL PURITY OF THE GERMAN EMPIRE Israel wants to protect theirs. WHAT WAS GOOD FOR HITLERITES SHOULD BE GOOD FOR ISREAEL. PEOPLE SHOULD DO THEIR OWN WORK IF THEY FEEL LIKE ISRAEL AND THE USA,

11:58AM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

Like this surprises anyone. I wont waste my time signing any petition that brings out the Israeli crimes its useless. Israel commits more crimes against humanity, atrocities, breaks all international laws and all warefare laws and nothing is done. I feel hopeless. Israel is a agressive arrogant country and we back them so until our government stops the closed eye policy we exercise with Israel nothing they do will ever be corrected. It is also true we are doing the same thing to our Mexican immigrants. They work so hard for all of us and now we are throwing them away like yesterdays trash. Its all a shame. I feel hopeless about each situation.

2:41PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

Nellie, are not Americans doing the same thing to the Mexicans?

4:59PM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

This is the whitening of Israel. This is discrimation and exclusion. It must stop right now. God will intervene. Because they were the chosen one they think they can treat everyone how they feel and as they please.

3:16AM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

I am also a foreign workers here in israel, but in my own opinion its better for the Israelli government to send away or to deport the childrens of foreign workers here..., coz most of them are only using their children to stay here in israel, their abandoning and living behind there family just to stay here... there doing every possible ways even prostituting theirself, especially the Filipina workers, they think every possibilities on how to get a paper here, they prostitute their self they get pregnat and born a child thinking that they could use the child to stay here,.. to the israelli government it will be a great help for the family that was left behind by those foreign workers with children here who committed adultery, its time for them to face their family that they abondoned, ... DEPORT THE CHILDRENS OF FOREIGN WORKERS, THEY DON'T BELONG HERE .....they have a home....

3:15AM PDT on Jul 26, 2010

I am also a foreign workers here in israel, but in my own opinion its better for the Israelli government to send away or to deport the childrens of foreign workers here..., coz most of them are only using their children to stay here in israel, their abandoning and living behind there family just to stay here... there doing every possible ways even prostituting theirself, especially the Filipina workers, they think every possibilities on how to get a paper here, they prostitute their self they get pregnat and born a child thinking that they could use the child to stay here,.. to the israelli government it will be a great help for the family that was left behind by those foreign workers with children here who committed adultery, its time for them to face their family that they abondoned, ... DEPORT THE CHILDRENS OF FOREIGN WORKERS, THEY DON'T BELONG HERE .....they have a home....

12:04PM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Carole A: This may not be YOUR fight, but I'm sure you have some intelligent opinion about it or you wouldn't have come onto the forum.

Just remember: It may not be your fight today, but if you don't stand up for what's right, it may be your fight tomorrow. Once this issue is out of the way, what's to stop some lunatic from starting problems with those who matter most to you? These issues are like legal precedents. The core, not the symptom, has to be cured to protect others, whether it's your fight or not.

HATE IS HATE. WE HAVE TO STOP HATRED FROM MAKING THE WORLD AN UGLY PLACE, if we want it to be beautiful for our children and theirs.

11:59AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Terrence, I have to agree with everything you said except that last, blanket statement. To date, "Everytime people like Netanyahu and Leiberman makes statements, it validates the accusations of racism and religious bigotry alleged by so many on care2." but they may someday (G-d willing) see the light and we have to be careful to not negate that from happening.

My position is that the Government of Israel does NOT necessarily represent all the people and it is so important not to lump everyone into one pile and slap a label on them. Many Israelis are trying to change this from within, but obviously have been unsuccessful.

Let's just be careful not to lump and stereotype with our comments like Abdul did.

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