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Israel has approved plans to deport the families of illegal migrant workers, and government spokesman Roei Lachmanovich told the BBC the plan would affect some 400 children and their parents.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the move was made because the country faced increasing illegal migration, which was a threat to its Jewish character.
For years Israel encouraged foreign workers from the developing world to come here and do the poorly paid, menial jobs that Israelis did not want.
A record of nearly 5,000 deportations was set in the last three-month period for which figures are currently available