Last week, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans announced that the country is tightening its rules to control the type of immigrants allowed in. Evans said the new policy will favor people who speak English, and professionals. Evans said the country has been attracting too many hairdressers and cooks, and too few doctors and engineers.
Can you imagine the uproar if an American politician announced such a policy? He and whatever administration was in office would be labeled heartless racists stepping on the hopes and dreams of the unfortunate people who just want to come to America in search of a better way of life! Of course, the hell raisers wouldn’t mention that most of those opportunity seekers don’t come here legally, but instead sneak into the country in defiance of our laws.
I applaud Australia for having the national cajones to say they don’t want to become home to people who cannot make a contribution to the country, and can’t even speak the language. But they are not the only country that takes a hard line on immigration.
If you want to immigrate to Canada, you must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your dependants, you must have the work skills to obtain employment, and you cannot have a criminal record. If you enter the country illegally, you are deported.
In England, an immigrant has to meet educational, savings and salary requirements to qualify. The same applies to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
Switzerland, worried about the increasing number of unskilled immigrants, has introduced regulations that restrict immigration and make it particularly difficult to obtain Swiss citizenship. Their laws severely restrict low skilled immigrants, who are already in Switzerland in large numbers. Their politicians have no problem saying enough is enough.
Mexico, the country that supplies most of our illegal immigrants, has a pretty rigid policy for immigrants into their country. They must enter legally; they must be able to support themselves economically; anyone who would be a burden on their society is not welcomed; immigrants must contribute economically to Mexican society; and immigrants cannot have a criminal record. In Mexico, foreign visitors who violate their visa status are deported, and those who enter the country illegally are imprisoned or deported. Gee, maybe we need a bunch of Mexican politicians running our government. Of course, if we give them a few years, they will be!
I think the Aussies, English, Canadians, Swiss, Mexico, and others have the right idea. Why is it okay for them to enact strict immigration laws and enforce them, and not apologize for that, but not us? We need to be more like the Australians.
Of course, they are an island nation, which makes it a bit harder to sneak in than it is here, where illegals can just walk across the border. I think we need a moat.
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