The Ministerial Committee for Legislation has passed an immigration bill proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, which strives to prevent illegal migrants from entering Israel. It further allows for the suspension of official documents such as a driver’s licenses and permits even taxi drivers to demand to see documents declaring legal entry into Israel.

Illegal migrants in Israel

Illegal migrants in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

The Israeli government passed a bill Sunday morning permitting a new immigration bill into law. The bill, proposed by Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, will also be applicable in the West Bank.

Erdan’s bill allows the authorities to, among other things, suspend the driver’s license of an Israeli who transports illegal migrants and even seize the vehicle that was used and impose minimal fines on illegal migrants. In addition, the bill grants the authority to a taxi driver to demand that passengers prove that they have entered Israel legally.

In addition, the new law extends the Entry into Israel Law by three more years and determines the penalties for those who employ or house illegal migrants. The new law also gives a police chief the authority to shut down businesses that employ illegal migrants for 30 days.