Let’s add this to the Department of Stupdiest Bureaucratic Ideas: Switzerland has a law, and Denmark is considering one that directs immigration officials to seize the valuables of migrants who cross their border. I don’t know what King Solomon thought up that idea, but it’s one of the dumbest, most offensive since just about any law you can find before the Israeli Knesset (almost all of theirs are offensive).
I’m sure you can think of scores of reasons why this idea sucks. But I have one important historical parallel that makes it the suckiest law you could think of. As Jews exited the trains arriving at Auschwitz and other death camps, they deposited all their belongings with the Nazis for “safekeeping.” These valuables were of course looted by the Nazis. Even more macabre, the Nazis looted the gold fillings from the teeth of Jews who were gassed.
Is this what anti-immigration fever has come to in Europe? Poor migrants escaping famine and slaughter in Syria or Africa come for safe haven to Europe, only to have their life savings looted by the State itself? Bad enough to have smugglers do that to you. But a government bureaucrat?
Swiss officials claim the money is kept to finance the “upkeep” of the freeloaders who come only to suck at the teat of the Swiss state. I wonder what rationale the Nazis had for looting all this jewelry from their victims? Maintaining upkeep of the camps?