Unfettered Immigration: Protectionism or Poison?

Children, Unwitting Pawns in the Hands of Terrorists and Illegal Immigrants

We do not live in a borderless world vis-à-vis human movement. A world without borders can only apply to social networking, connectivity and virtual reality. Not to the real world.

In a past role more than 10 years ago with a networking leader, articulation of the concept of borderless networks was common, in proposals and presentations. That is fine with networks and boxes, not to the real, physical borders.

Wild, Uncontrolled Influx

Seeking to regulate wild inflows into any country is not protectionism, it is the right thing to do to stop abuse of lenience.

Anything in excess, after all, is poison. A quote attributed to Swami Vivekananda and many other thought leaders! It ought to apply to everything in every aspect of life, business, politics and more. Liberalism and Immigration included!

Where there is moderation, reason and empathy can be expected to prevail.

Uncontrolled influx of immigrants into any country, whether it is into the U.S. or Singapore, even via the legal route, is certain to cause disruption among locals and lead to all kinds of isms – racism, ageism and fanaticism. Expecting countries to grin and bear with illegal immigration by the millions can only be dismissed as heights of liberalism.

Immigration

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Children as Shield

Terrorists have often used children as a shield. It is a pity that children have unwittingly become a weapon for illegal immigrants in the U.S. too. Aliens living unlawfully in the U.S. are estimated to be around 12 million, more than 50% of them from Mexico.

Just as bad is American love for duds. So much so that its embassy in Delhi surreptitiously flew a maid’s driver husband and their son to the U.S., giving the family asylum there a few years ago. It is beside the point (or is it?) that soon after getting asylum, the driver filed for divorce from the maid.

Ill-Treatment of Indian diplomat

In the process, an Indian diplomat was arrested and even strip-searched for nothing. The diplomat is back in India and the U.S. is stuck with the duds.

This report in The Hindu points out that more than 500,000 Indians are living illegally in the U.S.

Besides those from Mexico, illegal immigrants who stream into the U.S. are from a string of countries, including other parts of Latin America, China and the Philippines.

Nearly 8000 Indians applied for asylum in the U.S. last year. They are those who have overstayed illegally in the U.S., confident a stupid Uncle Sam will grant them their residency wish.

It is this silly “duds-are-welcome-to-enter-the U.S.-through-crooked, -unlawful-means” culture that President Donald Trump is trying to fix. And the world, the prejudiced American media included, is going nuts over it.

Calls for compassion are fine but condoning illegal immigration may have undesirable consequences. Should that be a matter of right for people to unlawfully infiltrate countries?

G Joslin Vethakumar

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