[Then stop sending your kids across the desert on their own. Photo from RT]
The Canadian perspective on US Border Woes
I hate this. I really do.
I hate that there are countries out there where people have horrid qualities of life.
I hate that families are being devastated by crime and gang violence.
I hate that there are growing tensions between two neighbouring countries that should be allies.
But most of all, I hate that children are being used a political footballs by the left and the right.
However, all that being said – There are actual facts to this immigration mess that are being ignored in the wake of Washington’s incompetence, and strong opinions and feelings on both side of the ideological spectrum.
Full disclosure – I’m Canadian. I’ve never been to the Southern US Border, though I’d love to visit someday. Hopefully, when this crap is all done.
Democrats in the US seem to like Canada and portray it as being a rather socialist nation, so it’s interesting to note that Canada actually has a very strong immigration system, with very conservative laws and treatment of folks who come here illegally. We definitely do have flaws in our system, flaws that I would like to see fixed, but on the whole and by comparison, Canada is like an iron fortress.
We tend to only take in highly skilled immigrants and actual refugees. There is a rigorous process that lasts up to 7 years to become a Canadian citizen, or around 4 years to be a permanent resident.
In fact, even the most socialist party in Canada, the New Democratic Party (formerly a Communist Party) recently gave scathing criticism to our Conservative majority government because too many foreigners were getting jobs Canadians should have. As a result, we now have a complete moratorium on temporary foreign workers in certain fields including food and customer service.
Don’t get me wrong – We LOVE diversity and multiculturalism here. I come from an immigrant family myself and grew up in the burrows of Winnipeg… A more multicultural place couldn’t be found. But this is where I think ya’ll in the USA are going wrong – You are confusing immigration and diversity, as if one automatically leads to the other.
Diversity is people living in harmony, sharing their cultures under the banner of one flag that they recognize offers them the opportunities and life they need to be happy. They love that flag, they respect that flag. Part of that respect is abiding by the law, not because they so hate their culture and want to crap all over it, but because that’s a condition of the privilege they have of living in a safe, prosperous nation.
And it is a privilege. Don’t forget it. Even for citizens it’s a privilege.
What you guys have, I am unashamed to say, is nothing short of invasion. You have children being trafficked over the border and abandoned so that when they are given citizenship because the host country has no idea what else to do, the parents can jump in and accuse the Government of stealing their kids and breaking up families.
And why do they want to come? That’s another reason worth analyzing.
I made a post not too long ago about the Sharia surge against Subway in the UK, and I made the point that many of the immigrants to the UK and Europe, specifically those from Africa and the Middle East, went so far as to show utter contempt for currently-existing and historical European values and traditions. They hate Europe and Europeans and want to fundamentally change it into something more in-line with their own vision of the world. Thus, I commented that it is usually because the turmoil in their own nations is too dangerous, so they move somewhere where it’s safer and easier to live – But not necessarily because they want to be there. It explains why they are entirely too comfortable to watch, and even participate in, the decay of their host nations.
The illegal immigrants in America clearly don’t respect it at all, that much is inherent in the fact that they are not even willing to follow the first and foremost rules of existing in the US in the first place – Going through the lawful processes to gain citizenship.
The second most obvious characteristic of their respect, or rather lack of, for the USA would be an unwillingness to contribute to the country’s wellbeing and formative development. The statistics have consistently shown that illegal immigrants continue to take from Americans and legally landed immigrants, though it’s worth noting that legally landed immigrants’ participation in social welfare continues to decline.
I think everyone understands that it can be hard to settle in a new country, and sometimes you have to access those emergency social nets to help move you along. People start to get pissed off when that emergency social net becomes your regularly accessed income.
The extension and expansion of social services to include illegal immigrants is a horrible idea, not just for the American taxpayer, but for illegally landed families and their kids. Why? Because it encourages that sort of behavior.
Australia, another socialist paradise, has recently implemented strict immigration laws which include refusing to allow immigrant boats to dock, instead, turning them around and sending them back to sea.
Is that dangerous for the folks on board? Absolutely. That’s what the government is hoping for, simply because it will have an immediate discouragement effect on future attempts.
Children as young as 5 are being sent through the treacherous US deserts and being used as pawns by their parents who are hoping to get here. The safest thing for these kids is not to make them a precedent for which all other parents can see that the great experiment worked, and then be given encouragement to continue to do it.
These kids need to be returned to their parents in whatever cases possible, or released to the wardship of their home governments. An example must be set to discourage future attempts.
Returning to Canadian politics once again, I should note that Canada implemented a policy on anchor babies/kids long ago which included refusing to expedite the claims of the parents after giving the children citizenship. Parents who were not eligible for Canadian citizenship would simply be deported and their kids put into the foster system. The result? Far less anchor babies.
Of course, at the end of the day, the best, safest thing for these kids is not to send them to be subjected to the foster systems of whatever third world country they come from, but rather to stop them from being broken up from their families in the first place through making the trip over impossible save for the legal method.
In other words – Get a border.