PM's illegal worker plan to face cabinet vote

NIS 630m. plan including border fence and detention center in South meant to stem tide of infiltrators from Africa.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 7, 2011 22:19
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African migrant at Egypt Israel border

African migrant refugee infiltrator_311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plan for dealing with illegal infiltrators from Africa who enter Israel from Egypt will be submitted for cabinet approval on Sunday, the PMO said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The cost of the plan is NIS 630 million. This is in addition to the NIS 1.5 billion that has already been invested. In order not to break the budgetary framework, all ministries will be asked to allocate two percent of their budgets, the PMO stated.

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An additional NIS 280 million will be allocated to complete the fence on the Egyptian border, which the government anticipates will be completed within a year's time. A 70-kilometer section of the fence has already been completed. The fence is expected to be 240 kilometers in length when completed, stretching from the Kerem Shalom crossing in the west to the Taba crossing in the east.

NIS 250 million will be allocated for a new detention center in the South. An additional NIS 100 million will be allocated to operate and maintain the center.

Netanyahu said of the infiltrator problem, "Israel is a small country. We cannot allow ourselves to be flooded by illegal work infiltrators. This threatens our society, our economy and our security. Therefore, we must expedite our dealing with the problem."

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