Federal Council: Berlin Senate wants to vote against Seehofer’s deportation law

Federal Council
:Berlin Senate wants to vote against Seehofer’s deportation law

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  • Annika Leister


Horst Seehofer, CSU chairman and Federal Minister of the Interior, for construction and homeland.



Berlin –

The red-red-green Senate is expected this Tuesday to opt for rejecting Horst Seehofer’s (CSU) so-called orderly return law in the Bundesrat on Friday and to call the mediation committee. The confirmed representative of the government parties SPD, Left and Green of the Berliner Zeitung. Berlin is likely to rebel against it as the only federal state against the draft legislation of the Federal Interior Minister.

No other federal state wants to support Berlin yet

Seehofer’s bill provides for a series of tightening policies in asylum policy, which are also highly controversial in Berlin. For example, asylum seekers who have to leave the country are to be deported and placed in normal prisons. This should also apply to minors and families. Left-wing and Green politicians and human rights activists had sharply criticized the legislative package as well as its swift adoption in the Bundestag.

So far, however, the chances for Berlin are bad: yet no other state – not even the red-red-green ruled Thuringia – signaled that it wants to support Berlin. The Senate, however, wants to announce its rejection in the Bundesrat and push for a revision of the biggest issues, even if a stop to the project seems hopeless. “It’s about opening a door to change,” said Bettina Jarasch, spokeswoman on migration policy for the Greens, the Berliner Zeitung.

Clarity in the dispute between senator and social senator?

It was also unclear in the Senate for a long time whether one would be able to achieve a clear and consistent attitude on the subject. The question was, above all, how the SPD and its senators would behave, especially Interior Senator Andreas Geisel.

Geisel actually has an increased interest in Seehofer’s law. Because it promises clarity in a legal dispute that the Interior Senator for weeks public with Social Senator Elke Breitenbach (left) ausficht. This concerns the question of whether Berlin police officers are allowed to enter refugee homes without a search warrant or consent of those affected and home operators to carry out deportations. Breitenbach says no, hostage says yes – both bring legally legitimate arguments.

Seehofer’s law would create new facts and give the police the right to enter refugee homes without a court order to deport. Nevertheless, hostage speaks out against the orderly return law. Thus, the SPD country vice follows a decision of the state executive committee in the past week.

That the protest in the Bundesrat is hopeless, but you also know in Geisels administration – and finds that not too tragic. Will the law passed, one would have “in the issue of deportations from refugee homes legal certainty,” said spokesman Martin Pallgen the Berliner Zeitung. But other demands in the draft bill will not be implemented. “There will be no detention with us,” says Pallgen.