Any new policy toward illegal migrants must include jail time, Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar declared Monday.
"Anyone who enters Israel illegally has to be jailed. How can we deal with infiltration without that tool?" Sa'ar asked. "We need a deterrent amount of jail time for infiltrators…Without that, we won't be able to control our borders.
Sa'ar spoke at a Knesset Interior Committee meeting working toward a new law dealing with migration two weeks after the High Court canceled government policy for the second time in a year. The court ruled the Holot open detention center must be closed within 90 days, meaning by December 22, and declared detaining newly arrived migrants in the closed Saharonim holding facility for one year unconstitutional.
"We cannot give up on Holot. Without Holot we cannot do the job. Holot needs to be expanded, not closed and so migrants are sent to Tel Aviv and Eilat," he stated.