Gambians in France rejoice as Constitutional Court annuls immigration bill

Jan 30, 2024, 11:31 AM | Article By: Alhagie Mbye, The Point’s Int’l Correspondent 

Senegambians in France are cautiously rejoicing as vital provisions of the highly contentious immigration bill that was recently submitted before the country’s highest Constitutional Authority were rejected and disallowed.

Consequently, the proposed law described by several human right organizations as “discriminatory, intolerant and unnecessary” is currently in disarray.

However, it is imperative to note that even though the court failed to entirely nullify the bill in its entirety, most of the articles considered as “harsh” were quashed.

During investigations, The Point learnt that at least 35 Articles mostly presented by the so-called right wingers were also struck down.

It include: quotas on the number of immigrants; finger prints without consent by the police; social benefits; family reunion and excessive monetary deposit by international students.

Biram Secka, Gambian living in Paris, who during the debate told The Point that the bill was “ambiguous and shocking” responded that the Court “established what the people are complaining about”.

Interestingly, the government noted that it is satisfied with the outcome as the Court “approved all the government’s text” – including the powers to deport certain foreigners.

On the other hand, the far-right severely criticized it as a “coup” and demanded a referendum.

Currently, the acrimonious dispute regarding immigration across Europe continues to intensify partly due to the scheduled European Parliament elections.

Nonetheless, as the argument refuse to die down and rhetoric continue to be displayed in the open, the status of people like Biram now hangs in the balance.