Clash over illegal alien arrest quota

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A dispute has broken out between the mayors of major Dutch cities and the Minister of Immigration and Asylum Affairs, Gert Leers, over his proposal to establish an annual minimum number of illegal immigrant arrests.
 
The Dutch government, which depends on support from the anti-immigration Freedom Party, wants to require the police to detain 4,800 illegal aliens a year. Minister Leers says the quota is needed to prevent the fight against illegal immigration from slipping down the Dutch police department’s list of priorities.
 
The mayors of many Dutch cities disagree. They have far-reaching powers over local matters, including the deployment of police officers, and they say that there are more pressing issues than illegal immigration.
 
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