The deputies Les Républicains (LR) Aurélien Pradié and Pierre-Henri Dumont believe in an op-ed in the Sunday Journal (JDD) that it is necessary to put an end to family immigration suffered in order to move on to chosen and overqualified labor immigration, proposing for this a shared initiative referendum (RIP).
Judging that "migratory chaos is gradually taking hold of the daily lives of our fellow citizens", the two elected officials consider that the postponement of the immigration bill, postponed in the fall by the executive, "constitutes a major political resignation ". They believe that "the quota policy is not up to the migratory challenge" and that it is now necessary "to move from underqualified forced family immigration to overqualified chosen work immigration".
For this, they hope to file, "with several of (their) fellow deputies, (…) in the coming weeks, a referendum of shared initiative". The Constitution allows such a referendum to be held on the initiative of at least 185 parliamentarians, supported by a tenth of the voters (4.87 million). The use of a RIP has so far never been successful. The last two requests, filed by the left on pensions, were rejected by the Constitutional Council.
Aurélien Pradié and Pierre-Henri Dumont wish to focus their proposal on "improving the return rate of illegal immigrants by automatically freezing the issuance of visas, residence permits, money transfers and public development aid for any country that does not grant not at least 50% of the consular passes required for deportation".
They will also propose to condition "five years of legal presence on the territory access to non-contributory benefits". Finally, they are asking for the reinstatement of the double penalty which allows the expulsion from French territory of a foreigner who has been convicted of a criminal offense once his sentence has been served.
At the end of April, Elisabeth Borne, who does not have a majority in the Assembly, reached out to the Republicans on immigration, calling for a "compromise". She had also ruled out the possibility of a referendum requested by the right.