Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has threatened to punish European countries that apply controversial new rules for deporting illegal immigrants by denying them oil and blocking their investments.
The EU Parliament passed new guidelines on Wednesday seeking to standardise the process by which member nations deport illegal migrants.
While the rules do not lay the groundwork for workplace raids like in the United States, they contain contentious measures such as providing for long detention periods.
Mr Chavez said in a televised speech that the measure shows “signs of fascism”.
He has predicted that countries would have to “build concentration camps” to hold millions of immigrants.
“Our oil shouldn’t go to those countries” that adopt the policy, he said.