Infiltrations of Africans into Israel reached a dizzying pace last week with 620 being caught – but not deported.
The Population and Immigration Authority reported Monday morning that approximately 950 people have infiltrated from Sinai through the Egyptian border since the beginning of the month.
The authority stated that the infiltrations grows month by month but that it cannot prevent their going to urban areas and being employed illegally because they do not have a facility in which to keep them until possible deportation. Tens of thousands have remained in Israel, which often does not deport them and instead allows them to remain in the country.
In contrast, the United States routinely deports hundreds of illegal Mexican immigrants daily.
Their presence, along with that of a bulging Bedouin population, is favored by many secular leaders who also have expressed concerns that Israel’s growing national religious and hareidi religious populations soon will become the plurality, if not majority, in the country.
Most of the illegal African immigrants have said they are not refugees and simply make the long and sometimes dangerous trek to Israel in order to seek a higher standard of living.
It is estimated that by the end of December, as many as 15,000 infiltrators will have crossed into Israel, more than in any previous year.
More than half – 51 percent – originate in Eritrea.
The Israeli government has discussed the problem for months, but except for the occasional deportation of some of the Africans, little has been done. The Special Knesset Committee on foreign workers earlier this year discussed the continued lack of a detention center for foreign workers, even though a decision on doing so was taken 12 months ago.
Committee chairman MK Ya'akov Katz (Ketzaleh), has repeatedly warned of a ”demographic threat” from the African infiltrators.