The Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, said today that the order of a Ceuta court to suspend the return of minors to Morocco is limited to a “legal-technical discussion” on the application of the migration treaty signed in 2007 between Spain and the Alawite kingdom.
Justice paralyzes all returns of migrant minors from Ceuta for at least three days
“Obviously the first thing is to respect, obey and abide by the resolution. We will make the allegations all the institutions concerned,” said the minister in an interview on RNE, in which he considered that “when there is a reality with a specific country, an agreement is signed” and then there is “the technical-legal discussion of the procedure.”
This Monday, at the last minute, the investigating court number 2 of the autonomous city ordered to suspend all returns of minors who arrived in Ceuta from Morocco in the migration crisis in May. The car paralyzes the process that has been developing since Friday for at least the next 72 hours “until it is verified how the return procedure has been carried out.”
Marlaska has responded that, “if the resolution is final, it is obviously followed”, but that “from the first moment the necessary and precise protection has been given to minors.” “Those who are susceptible, within the best interests of the minor, to return to their family environment, would return. No? We give them guardianship. We are a country where the guarantee of minors is essential and main,” he said.
Regarding the individualized study of each case, one of the issues on which the Prosecutor’s Office asked the Ministry in an official letter on Saturday, Marlaska has specified that the competent authority, which, he said, is the Minors Area of Ceuta, is the one that it studies “if there is a risk in each case” and if “the return of each child to his environment is the most optimal response for his best interests”.
“The assessment is made by the competent authority, which is the one who exercises their guardianship, which in this case are the child protection departments of the city of Ceuta. These actions, trying to return non-vulnerable minors to their social and cultural environment, They have been the object of inter-institutional coordination. All of them are not the responsibility of a single department or institution. This coordination is being of decisive importance, “he insisted.
Regarding the messages that Unidos Podemos has sent in recent days requesting from different areas the paralysis of returns, Marlaska has insisted that these issues have been debated and that there has been “inter-institutional communication” at all times.
On Friday, the Ministry of Social Rights, headed by the secretary general of Podemos, Ione Belarra, communicated to the Interior by letter its rejection of expatriations and repeated the message in a second letter after the judicial resolution of this Monday: “We request that stop the repatriation operation to Morocco of foreign minors who are in charge of the Public Entity for the Spanish protection of the city of Ceuta “.
Meanwhile, the secretary of the Podemos Organization, Lilith Verstrynge, also revealed on Monday in RNE that the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, had spoken with Pedro Sánchez to ask him to “intervene” and stop the expulsions “immediately”.
Marlaska has reiterated this morning the same message that he sent yesterday and has specified that Unidos Podemos made “a request for additional information” and that the Government is “an important group” where issues are debated and “single resolutions” are reached. “We act according to the best criteria and, in this case, the first concern is the best interests of minors,” he closed.
The National High Court gives the Interior 24 hours to explain how the repatriation is based
Meanwhile, the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the National High Court has asked the Ministry of the Interior to send the letter of August 10 in which the Secretary of State for Security bases the repatriation of minors within 24 hours.
The magistrates have issued a resolution within the framework of the procedure promoted by the Spanish Immigration and Refugee Aid Network, which this Monday appealed to the National Court for violation of fundamental rights, as El Confidencial has advanced and legal sources have confirmed to Europe Press.
In a statement sent this Monday, the entity explained that it presented the appeal with the intention that the instruction issued by the Secretary of State for Security that has promoted the deportation of migrant minors residing in Ceuta since the migratory crisis of the last May.
The Spanish Network for Immigration and Refugee Assistance maintains that the Interior’s actions have not followed the protocols and individual treatment required by the treaty between Morocco and Spain. Based on this breach, the entity asked the Chamber that these instructions be classified as “declaration contrary to law” which, if substantiated, will mean the nullity of the execution of this instruction and how many have been given depending on them.