After a recent spate of sexual assaults and other attacks on women that have made global news, Germany is planning on taking steps to be able to deport more migrants who are convicted of crimes. Previously, a migrant was only eligible for deportation if they were guilty of a crime that carried a sentence of a year or more in prison. Now, a person is eligible for deportation if they are guilty of sexual crimes, physical assault, or resisting arrest.
Germany's Justice Ministry announced Tuesday that new laws had been drafted to allow it to more easily deport migrants found guilty of crimes causing death or serious injury, sexual or physical assaults, or resisting police officers.
Previously, migrants to Germany could be deported only if they were found guilty of crimes punishable by a sentence of one year or more.
In a statement, the ministry said the new rules would allow authorities to deport criminals more swiftly. The new laws could be passed as early as next month, a ministry spokesman said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been vocal in her desire to welcome refugees, and the country has taken in record numbers of asylum seekers. After the attacks across the country on New Year's Eve, tensions have risen and the cries to reduce immigration rates have grown.
I think these new policies are a good thing. Germany has no obligation to keep rapists and criminals within her borders.