Tuesday, February 23, 2010
It is illegal for migrant workers to have children in Israel
Hundreds of families face expulsion from Israel and more than 1,000 children expect to be deported at the end of their school year. Laws in Israel make it extremely hard for people to stay, to become citizens, if they are not Jewish. Right from its birth, Israel called itself the Jewish State. This is a country built for and built by immigrants from all over the world but with a key common factor - a Jewish heritage. According to Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, controlling immigration is largely about preserving Israel's Jewish character. His government intends to deport all illegal immigrants by 2013 and also to drastically reduce the number of legal foreign workers in Israel. A new immigration police force - the Oz Unit - now patrols Israel's streets as part of the government crackdown.