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June 8, 2012 5:30 am

Israeli Court Makes Decision on Illegal African Migrants

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District court in Jerusalem. Photo: wiki commons.

A few hours after the Jerusalem District Court ruled on Thursday that South Sudanese infiltrators can be deported back to their home country, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) called on the migrants to leave Israel voluntarily and avoid arrest — within a week from this Friday.

The authority stated that no law enforcement measures will be taken against South Sudanese infiltrators residing in the country should they voluntarily leave within seven days. “The South Sudanese citizens can contact our Unit for Voluntary Departure within the next week, and they will receive assistance,” the authority said in a statement.

Meanwhile, following the court’s decision on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting over an “Emergency Plan for Infiltrators,” together with Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and representatives of the army, police and Prisons Service. During the meeting, Netanyahu presented four emergency measures that the state will focus on from now on to confront the infiltrator problem.

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