Immigration: Spanish bishops against barbed wire at border

Spanish church condemns Melilla gov't hard line against migrants

26 November, 20:40

    A group of immigrants rescued in Spain (Archive) A group of immigrants rescued in Spain (Archive)

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The new secretary and spokesman of the Spanish Episcopal Conference on Tuesday condemned the use of new, razor-sharp barbed wire fencing to try to keep migrants from crossing into the Spanish enclave of Melilla. ''A great many highly educated young people are forced to emigrate from Spain'', José Maria Gil Tamayo told Cadena Cope radio. ''What would happen if they received the same kind of treatment?'' The priest said he feels ''personally involved'' in the migrants' destiny because his father ''died an immigrant in Germany in the 1960s'', when Spanish ''conditions were extremely difficult after the war''.
    Tamayo went on to call on the Spanish government not to treat migrants as enemies.
    ''The Mafias that are trafficking with their lives are the real enemy'', he said. The government should ''make an effort to regulate immigration and protect immigrants' rights''. The Spanish government of Melilla recently installed razor-sharp barbed wire fencing along the border with Morocco, a popular crossing for illegal sub-Saharan migrants hoping to reach the European enclave.
    Detractors of the measure said the new fencing will not stop people from attempting to cross the border, but will merely cause horrendous injuries.
    Situated in North Africa, Melilla is Spanish sovereign territory and part of the European Union. (ANSAmed).

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