What is happening in the Canary Islands in recent weeks with the massive overcrowding of thousands of immigrants goes far beyond a typical migration crisis. Today is more likely to be the beginning of a political and institutional conflict of magnitude after Podemos, Pedro Sánchez’s coalition partner, has urged the holding of a referendum on the Sahara in the midst of the humanitarian crisis, and at a time when that the Polisario Front has reactivated its war against Morocco. The lack of control of the Government in the face of these episodes is as dangerous as its lack of coordination and passivity. It is not just being late once again to a crisis that Sánchez, with his usual lack of foresight, has played down until the Canary Islands have become a powder keg. It is a new consignment of receivables that the Maghreb country passes to Spain after many rudeness from La Moncloa to Rabat, and also after Pablo Iglesias is encouraging the Saharawi cause with quasi-revolutionary overtones.
These days, the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, travels to Morocco to try to contain the organized bleeding of cayucos that have reached the Canary Islands for weeks. The bitter complaints of the mayor of Mogán against the inaction of the Government, the images of ports such as Arguineguín full of immigrants in subhuman conditions, or the dissemination of dramatic recordings at sea, reflect that at this point the problem is no longer solved alone fighting the mafias in origin. Nor with the “hot” deliveries of which both the PSOE and Podemos have always abhorred, and which now apply without blushing by resorting to a PP regulation, which will also be declared constitutional.
The approach of the left to this crisis begins to be delusional. Podemos – a government party, it should be emphasized – has demanded the resignation of Grande-Marlaska after his patches against the avalanche of immigrants have been useless. It is unprecedented that members of the Security Forces were forced to leave to their fate, and in the middle of the street, 200 without papers due to their impotence to assume with a minimum of human dignity and with the essential means a problem that La Moncloa ignores. But it’s not just Marlaska who has a problem. The migration issue, as well as the stress test that Rabat undergoes Sánchez, concerns five ministries that are portraying themselves in their indolence. Arancha González Laya, José Luis Escrivá, Carolina Darias and Margarita Robles have not even achieved a common diagnosis to silence the alerts that point to the Canary Islands as the new Lampedusa of Europe. At this point, it is not even an exculpatory argument that the EU does not agree to a common migration policy and continually dodge the bag. And neither does the demagoguery of Sánchez, so paternal with immigration in his speeches and relentless in expulsions.
The political roots of this conflict are further aggravated with two unforeseen consequences. It is cynical that Podemos now assumes ownership of the cause of the Saharawi people by demanding a referendum against Rabat, because its only interest is to undermine the principle of sovereignty in Spain and justify hypothetical consultations for independence in Catalonia or the Basque Country. Sánchez plays with fire. And if you add to that the economic cost that the only community with a minimum insured tourism quota in the middle of the pandemic can suffer, it is inexplicable that Sánchez does not put order in his Executive. How far away is that Sánchez, the king of propaganda, when he received the immigrants from the Aquarius in Valencia with hugs. Today everything surpasses him.