Several thousand members of the Labour Party (PvdA), including a number of mayors, and members of the PvdA youth section, the Young Socialists (JS), have announced their opposition to government plans to initiate criminal proceedings against undocumented migrants.
The protesters have launched a petition, and plan to raise the issue at the party congress on April 27. In particular, they will demand that party leader Diederik Samsom, “drop the project, and change course to re-establish the fundamental principle of the party, which is ‘the right to a decent life’”.
The daily explains that the measure to criminalise migrants was part of a package agreed last autumn by the members of the ruling coalition, the PvdA and the VVD led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In exchange for the measure the PvdA succeeded in imposing a ban on the deportation of minors.
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