In a speech to the Manufacturers Association, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the dangers of high immigration numbers. Like the United States, workers unions in Israel want an increase in immigration numbers, but Netanyahu is looking to pass strict immigration enforcement laws.

“You will not like this, but we plan to legislate strict laws and enforce them with a firm hand against the illegal employment of infiltrators and foreign workers,” Netanyahu told the Manufacturers Association.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the “cultural, social, and economic damage” created by accepting a large number of immigrants. With an unsecured border with Egypt and close proximity to other Third World nations, Israel’s economic success and prosperity has led to immigration issues much like the United States.

“Anyone walking around Arad, Eilat, or even south Tel Aviv today, can see this wave, and the change it is creating, with their own eyes,” Netanyahu said. “They are causing socio-economic and cultural damage and threaten to take us back down to the level of the Third World. They take the jobs of the weakest Israelis.”

A proposed immigration enforcement bill in Israel would construct a fence along the Egyptian border and calls for stricter penalties for Israelis who help illegal crossings.

“This is a strategic decision, that will ensure the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Israel will remain open to war refugees, but will not allow its borders to be used to flood it will illegal foreign workers.”

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