Being the ‘black sheep’ of the family has taken on a whole new meaning in Switzerland. A poster campaign by the Swiss People’s Party, the largest in the Swiss lower house, depicts three white sheep atop the Swiss flag kicking out a black sheep. The poster, which calls for "more security," touts a plan that would deport foreigners if one of their family members is found to have committed a violent crime, a drug offense, or benefit fraud. Critics have called the poster clearly racist, some alleging it hearkens back to Nazi-esque practices. Ueli Maurer, president of the Swiss People’s Party, argues it isn’t racist at all and simply means "people or incidents which trouble us." Despite the uproar and the defacement of many of the posters now seen throughout Switzerland, a spokesman for the party says response to the posters has been "unbelievably positive" and evidence of "just how necessary our campaign is." Resident foreigners and foreign workers constitute approximately 20% of the Swiss population, however acquiring citizenship is extremely difficult.
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