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GroenLinks: premium for arresting undocumented ‘inhumane’

4 October 2006 – Coalition party GroenLinks (Green Party) says it is inhumane to give the police a premium for arresting undocumented residents. This appears from questions asked by party leader Judith Sargentini. The Social-Democrat PvdA will also ask the mayor to clarify the issue.

Mayor Job Cohen is about to sign a performance contract which states that the police will receive a financial reward if it attains the national goal of arresting 11.883 undocumented residents. Sargentini (photo) asks the mayor to question the contents of the contract and if necessary not to sign it.

She calls the premium ‘inhumane’ and says that “arresting undocumented residents, who are very difficult to deport, and who will be released after a limited period in jail, disrupts people’s lives and society”.

Sargentini wants to know what investigative methods the police will use and whether the Amsterdam corps keeps a ‘score’ of arrested undocumented residents. She also wants to know whether police officers with conscientious objections are obliged to participate in efforts to arrest undocumented residents.

UPDATE 4 October 2006 – PvdA party leader Manon van der Garde says that her party too is concerned that the performance contract may lead to a hunt after undocumented residents. At the same time, she says that she can hardly believe that Mayor Job Cohen would take responsibility for such an approach.

The PvdA will ask the mayor for clarification at the 12 October meeting of the General Affairs Committee.

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