There is no lack of strong language concerning the deportation of rejected asylum seekers. Chancellor Angela Merkel recently called for an “act of national exertion.”
Passing the buck back and forth between the federal and state governments doesn’t help because citizens want to see results, not words. But whoever attentively follows the debate finds confirmation for the dwarfish stature of this constitutional democracy.
This is already true with the fine legal distinction between deportation and expulsion. Whoever thinks that is merely hairsplitting among legal experts is mistaken. There is a great difference with regard to whether an applicant who has been refused asylum must ultimately leave Germany or not.