The Deputy Secretary General of the PSOE in Castilla y León, Virginia Barcones, and the vice president and spokesman of the Board, Francisco Igea, got involved yesterday on account of the proposal made by the latter to legalize immigrants who are in the Community as a measure to fight depopulation. For Barcones, the performance has “racist” overtones, an appreciation that the number two of the autonomous government framed in the “chorus of parties like Vox.”
The scuffle started early in the morning when the socialist leader rejected Igea’s measure to facilitate the settlement of immigrants in an irregular situation or who are waiting for their asylum application to be resolved in the municipalities of the Community most affected by depopulation. This initiative received the disapproval of Virginia Barcones, who called it an “occurrence.” In addition to qualifying it as “ineffective”, he asked that “we all reflect on whether it does not have an important racist component” and elaborated on this idea by adding that “we socialists do not want institutions in Castilla y León to be known for making racist proposals.” He also doubted the legal and even demographic validity of the proposal, which seeks the “mandatory territorial roots” of immigrants in exchange for offering them “exceptional regulatory facilities.” In his opinion, this approach “discredits” the Community and the Board and predicted that it will only serve to “squander public spending” and generate “social unrest.”
“I hope a denial”
Igea’s response to these insights came in the afternoon during his appearance in the Commission of the Autonomous Courts to defend your department’s budgets. In this scenario, he was surprised that Virginia Barcones has described his initiative as racist. “I did not expect you to be in the chorus of parties like Vox,” said the vice president of the Board, who hoped that there would be a denial “although you never know.” And he went further by denouncing that the socialist attorney Alicia Palomo, during her speech at the Commission, put the young people of Castilla y León in opposition to the immigrants. “Putting our own first is xenophobia and that is Le Pen’s message”he warned.
The also spokesman for the Board defended, on the contrary, the measure of regularizing the situation of immigrants to fix the population, which has already been implemented in other countries, such as Canada, Australia or New Zealand because “favoring foster care is a good This is because immigrants are a very dynamic population ”. For this reason, he rejected the talk of racism, “the first time something like this has been heard in the world; it is the abracadabra, “he lamented and clarified that” what it is, is a change of orientation.
Francisco Igea’s initiative was reflected on Wednesday in a letter that he sent to the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, in which he showed his willingness to collaborate in migration policies but, above all, he proposed concrete actions for the unpopulated areas. In this sense, he proposed that «practical and real solutions» be articulated that make it possible for those families that are currently rooted in Castilla y León or are in the process of taking root – and especially in the smaller municipalities – do not see their life project “due to legal interpretations, regulatory limitations or bureaucratic practices that prevent its full inclusion.” Ultimately, it is a matter of arbitrating measures such as “ad-hoc” regularization of people in an irregular situation previously resident in these territories, as well as asylum seekers, who are denied this possibility and present a resource.
However, Virginia Barcones, pointed out in Zamora that this approach can only be conceived as an attempt to hide the «Clamorous failure» of the policy to combat the depopulation of Castilla y León which reveals that in the last decade it has been the Community that leads the loss of inhabitants while in the whole of Spain population has gained in that period. He also referred to the regional budgets for next year, in which the demographic challenge policies “are conspicuous by their absence” and warned that the lack of leadership and strategy in Castilla y León could lose many European funds for this matter that will come through the Next Generation recovery plan. He compared this European fund to “a train loaded with resources” with which the Community can undertake the reforms that are needed, but which can also be missed and thus miss the opportunity to reverse the population situation.