Germany approves tougher migrant measures

ATHENS, Greece (AP)—Germany’s top security official says newly passed measures strengthen authorities’ ability to identify and deport migrants who may be dangerous or not deserving of asylum.

Parliament’s upper house on Friday gave final approval to measures allowing Germany’s migration agency to evaluate cellphone data of migrants who arrive without proper documents, and share data with other authorities in situations considered dangerous.

The measures also speed up deportations and allow authorities to monitor dangerous individuals facing deportation with electronic ankle bracelets.

They come in reaction to December’s deadly Christmas market attack in Berlin by a rejected asylum-seeker awaiting deportation.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says they make “very clear: those who don’t need protection and above all those who deceive, trick, or commit crimes must face the consequences and return home.”