This week, the DA with much fanfare unveiled its policy on immigration, a key focus area ahead of the 2019 election, with the party saying it wants to close SA’s borders to illegal immigrants. The DA wants to remedy porous borders by creating key entry points at border posts that “provide proper support to asylum seekers and those wanting to do business in South Africa”. It wants to deal decisively with poor border management and weak implementation of migration policy, using research and data from a “well-capacitated” Statistics SA and other research bodies, while also “truly and meaningfully” extending constitutional rights to all who live in SA and those who visit or live legally in the country for extended periods. The party also promises to ensure that economic migrants in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and eventually across Africa are processed and welcomed through the African Union’s Free Movement Protocol, which envisages the free movement of people...

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