Friday, July 19, 2013

Australia and a revived policy

Australia is at it again with immigration, specifically in regards to asylum seekers.  They have tried on several occasions to restrict the number of individuals entering Australia seeking asylum.  Now, according to The New York Times, the Prime Minister of Australia is trying again.

In the article, he is quoted as saying “As of today asylum seekers who come here by boat without a visa will never be settled in Australia.”  Instead, they are being re-routed to New Guinea and processed there.  But the new part is that they won't be able to get into Australia, even if they are legitimate asylum-seekers.  The current perspective, according to Foreign Minister Bob Carr many of the Iranians seeking asylum, are really just economic migrants abusing the liberal entry policies
that have been in place in Australia for awhile.

So, what can America learn here? Well, let's say that I agree that people shouldn't be able to just come in whenever they want and claim asylum or claim any form of legal status, without following proper procedure.  Many people die during the crossing to Australia in the boats they are taking, reminiscent of the boat crossing from Cuba.  There are also boats that have been abandoned in the Pacific Ocean by traffickers bringing people up the coast out of Mexico.

If these asylum seekers/illegal immigrants understood that they couldn't gain legal status if they don't follow the proper channels and rules, then it might, just might, help reduce the number of people illegally entering the country and possibly lead to less deaths at the hands of human traffickers.

Therefore, we need to make sure that Congress nor the President offer or enforce any form of Amnesty or immigration reform that does not require new immigrant to follow the law of the country they so badly say they want to live in.

Amendment Guy
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