Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are Illegal Immigrants Economic Refugees?
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My NYT comment # 213
April 9th, 2009 7:44 .

Are undocumented entrants (aka illegal aliens) economic refugees?

Should such entrants be given refugee status by the U.S. The refugee eligibility category is already an entry category in this country's immigration law.

Illegal entrants must become the responsibility of the "sending" govt. The sending governments (Mexico is one such, drugs and drug cartels are not Mexico's only exports) should be notified that their citizens have illegally entered the US.

The sending governments should be asked to reimburse the US taxpayer for the deportation costs of their citizens.
Governments of sovereign nation-states have to be held accountable for the welfare and well-being of their own citizens. That nmeans provide jobs and justice for your citizens. Do we see a flood of Danes, Swedes, Dutch becoming
boat people' desperate to reach US shores? No, because these responsible and accountable govts. take care of their citizens.

The US has a double standard (ditto foreign policy) on immigration. The US economy needs a steady stream of cheap, in many instances highly qualified and experienced labor, to prop up its allegedly homegrown economy.

US hype operates at every level, and Obama is only its latest practitioner, this time in the politically advantageous policy area of immigration. It is being framed as advantageous for Dems in upcoming congressional elections next year. The GOP hogged the immigration amnesty issue during the Reagan period.

We already know Amnesty policy doesn't work because it contains absolutely no deterrents, and most likely encourages more illegal entry. It also sends a message to potential legal entrants that the law is stacked against them, that the US is NOT a nation of laws.

The US census is coming up. And so are some seats that will be up for re-election in the US Congress.

Canny try Mr. Teflon (for now) President.

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice
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Obama to Push Immigration Reform Bill Despite Risks
Published: April 8, 2009

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