The West faces a growing problem with aliens it does not want but cannot deport. It has two quite different aspects. One concerns illegals who arrive without documentation, so there is no proof which country they come from. Here is a recent report on the situation in the Canary Islands in the Washington Post, as thousands of Africans land on the beaches:
Those who reach the Spanish islands often immediately turn themselves in. Under Spanish law, authorities have 40 days to determine the nationality of detained illegal immigrants and send them home. If they can't find that out in that period—and many immigrants make a point of arriving with no identification and remaining stubbornly silent in the face of questioning—they are turned over to the Red Cross and allowed to stay. Many find ways to make it off the Canary Islands and get to Europe proper.
Fawaz Damra, former Cleveland imam.
Lawyers for Damra and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been unable to find a country willing to take Damra, who agreed to be deported following a trial and conviction where he was linked to terrorist groups. "If there was progress, he'd be gone by now," said Robert Birach, Damra's attorney. "We haven't gotten a country yet to say yes." ... After being denied entry to Canada, he agreed to be sent to Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Egypt or the Palestinian territories.
As the numbers of un-deportable aliens increase, solutions will likely emerge, somewhere between release into the general population and incarceration. Will a Liberia-like place in Africa be created in which to place them? Special administrative districts which they cannot leave but where they can lead normal lives? Or some other arrangement? For example, Bill West points out that the U.S. government "can deny visas to any country/entity that refuses to take back its own deportee citizens." (July 14, 2006)
Jan. 5, 2007 update: Damra was yesterday deported to the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile Jaballah is facing house arrest.