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Turkish Deputies Challenge German Immigration Minister

Germany’s Minister on Immigration, Maria Bohmer, confronted an angry group of members of the Turkish Parliament who were upset at a June, 2007 law in Germany which places restrictions on immigration by people from Turkey. Ostensibly, the law pertains to any non-European Union national seeking to immigrate into Germany, but everyone knows it is directed at people from Turkey. The law requires spouses of German nationals who come from non-EU nations to be conversant in the German language before being able to join their spouse. Halide Incekara, a member of the Justice and Development Party, told the German Minister, “You tried to tear down the Berlin Wall with sledgehammers. Now, you are trying to rebuild it with laws. Let’s say I fall in love with Hand and I want to get married. Will you show me an A-1 form and tell me I can only marry him if I learn German” Can this be?” Bohmer replied if this happened the Turkish female deputy should see her.

The German law is pure bigotry. In the history of American immigration it was common for a male to go ahead and set up a base in the new land, and then send for his wife and children. Of course, the wife did not learn English until she arrived in America. This system proved very successful and there is no reason for the German law except the blunt truth it is an attempt to keep out Turks.