U.K. Institutes New Deportation Measures
I am torn by this decision. There is a part of me that really believes that this is the right move and another that is concerned about sliding down the slippery slope.
“LONDON – Foreigners who preach hatred, sponsor violence or belong to extremist groups could be deported from Britain under strict new measures that Prime Minister Tony Blair announced Friday, nearly a month after suicide bombers killed 52 people on London’s transit system.
Membership in extremist Islamic groups such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir would become a crime under the new measures. The group, which advocates the creation of an Islamic state in Central Asia, already is outlawed in several countries.
Blair said the government also would compile a list of Web sites, bookshops and centers that incite hatred and violence. British nationals involved with such organizations could face strict penalties. Foreign nationals could be deported, he said.
“They come here and they play by our rules and our way of life,” Blair said at his monthly news conference. “If they don’t, they are going to have to go.”
The government would hold a one-month consultation on new grounds for excluding and deporting people from the United Kingdom, he said.”
I need to think about this one and really determine how I feel about it.