Children of foreign workers in Israel.
(photo credit: Courtesy of 'Israeli Children')
A foreign worker and her six-month-old baby were deported from Israel on Monday marking the first such deportation since the government ruled to expel 400 children illegally staying in Israel last year.
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Army Radio reported that the mother who was deported came to Israel as a tourist with a group of Nigerian pilgrims, remained in Israel and gave birth to a baby.
Last week, Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) announced
that the government decided to delay the deportation of children
enrolled in state-run kindergartens and day schools. The deportation of
the remainder of the 400 children, however, could begin in the next few
days, the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority said.
The deportations follow a cabinet decision last August 1 that approved
the deportation of approximately 400 of the 1,200 children of illegal
residents of Israel. NGOs estimate that of the 400 children slated for
deportation, approximately half are enrolled in state-run schools.
“After finishing all the necessary requirements, and sensitive attention
paid to the public, I have delayed the enforcement of deportation for
those families with children already studying in educational
institutions within Israel,” Yishai said in a statement released by his
“At this stage, we will begin with the children of families for whom
there is no disagreement as to their noncompliance with
government-agreed conditions,” he said.