SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has highlighted that the regional Executive has opened, in two years, a total of 43 resources for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, and has also wanted to make it clear that the parliamentary unit is the best tool to demand a better immigration policy.
This has been stated in response to questions from the spokesmen of the Canary Nationalist Group, Pablo Rodríguez, and of Nueva Canarias, Luis Campos, about the actions, forecasts and response mechanisms of the Canary Islands Government in the face of the new upturn in the arrival of immigrants to the Islands.
In his speech, the president said that the Canary Nationalist Group would have to answer why in 2009, when the Canary Islands Coalition was in government, there were resources for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors on several islands and in 2019, when the new Executive, “there was zero.”
On the other hand, Ángel Víctor Torres remarked that in the General State Budgets (PGE) for 2022 there are already 50 million euros planned for the care of unaccompanied foreign minors.
In addition, he emphasized that during the months of the pandemic the Government of the Canary Islands made facilities and infrastructures available to the Government of Spain that were the responsibility of the Autonomous Community, such as schools and residences, which means that “we did respond,” Torres said. .
In response to the NC deputy, the president affirmed that it cannot be that all immigration is reduced to border areas and insisted that partisan politics cannot be done with migration, so he believes that parliamentary unity in the Canary Islands “is key to better defend this land against the Government of Spain “. “That does not mean applauding the measures, but rather seeking solutions to problems and demanding,” Torres added.
The head of the Canarian Executive indicated that the guardianship of unaccompanied migrant minors is the responsibility of the autonomous communities, but considered it “unfair” because this guardianship was born for those born in the territory. For this reason, he considers that it must be made that this is a mandatory solidarity shared by the rest of the communities and that it has a legislative framework.
He also recalled that next November the Immigration Forum in the Canary Islands will be held, which will serve to have a comprehensive plan together with the University of La Laguna and make “exact and correct” proposals.
For his part, the spokesman for the Canary Nationalist Group, Pablo Rodríguez, questioned the president if he really considers that he has lived up to the migration crisis that the Canary Islands have suffered in recent years, since “there are no surveillance on our coasts, the NGOs They do not have the means and many migrants continue to sleep in our streets, something absolutely despicable. “
Meanwhile, the deputy Luis Campos considered that the Canary Islands must have contingency plans and the necessary resources to pay dignified attention to the migrants who arrive in the Archipelago. It also considers it necessary to have its own policy on immigration matters and announced that NC is going to promote a legislative initiative in Parliament and in Congress of forced solidarity for the reception of unaccompanied migrant minors.