Parenting as Deportation Insurance?
The Swedish courts may have to decide whether criminals can be deported if they will leave behind small children.
A man convicted seven times for crimes, including rape, assault, and serious narcotics offences, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, followed by expulsion from Sweden and a ban on ever returning to the country.
But the deportation order has been overturned by an appeals court, which ruled that his five children here need their father. The decision is based on a change in the aliens’ law that requires courts to take into account the best interests of children.
Prosecutors have turned now to the Supreme Court for a ruling. They argue that it would set a dangerous precedent if criminals could insure a base in Sweden by fathering children.