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11-27-2010, 11:07 PM
Switzerland Debates Tough Deportation Proposal

Voters in Switzerland will go to the polls on Sunday to decide on a proposal to automatically deport foreigners who commit crimes.
The proposed new law envisages automatic deportation, with no right of appeal, for foreigners who commit a wide variety of crimes, ranging from murder and rape, to breaking and entering, drug dealing, and social security fraud.
Almost one in four people living in Switzerland is not actually Swiss, although a great many were actually born in the country.

Switzerland's naturalisation process is one of the toughest in Europe, and becoming Swiss remains a long, complicated and expensive process.
"There has been almost a cultural clash in this campaign, where they say we have to defend Switzerland and Swiss values. And that is what this is about far more than a few hundred criminal foreigners," he said.

"It's a bit hard to believe that even if this initiative is adopted it's going to reduce crime in any way in this country."