As you may have guessed, there are some critics.
Switzerland is known as a haven of peace and neutrality. But today it is home to a new extremism that has alarmed the United Nations. Proposals for draconian new laws that target the country's immigrants have been condemned as unjust and racist. A poster campaign, the work of its leading political party, is decried as xenophobic. Has Switzerland become Europe's heart of darkness?
Most that have read this blog for any substantial length of time, well know this: I am not the biggest fan of the UN. I think they are irrelevant and they have no right to tell a country which laws are just and which aren't. The only time I would side with the UN in this area is, if mass genocide were taking place.
Although I personally think that deporting an entire family for the crime(s) of one of their members is a bit harsh, I feel this should best be decided by the Swiss people and not the immoral moralizers of the UN, or nations that claim a similar moral high ground. It makes no sense to me for countries that are in this category, to vehemently criticize the Swiss for this, especially when the same people are usually silent on Darfur.
Here in the U.S., some people are adamantly against us deporting immigrants that commit crimes. However, there will soon be a massive outcry and possibly even a backlash for this to become more commonplace, especially after the recent case in Newark. But, for now, the pro-immigration people that consider open borders as a right, will have their way. Not until many more crimes as horrific as this come to light, will people be willing to look at something as harsh as the Swiss proposal.
But as we look at the proposal by the Swiss one cannot help but think, maybe, despite the drastic nature of the entire thing, they are one step ahead of the process. Families that have a member deported may become embittered and subsequently take actions that are reflective of that bitterness.