Immigration: Australia is in the same deep stuff as the US

Update:  More on immigrant conflicts in Australia here.

Here is an article from Australia that asks the same questions of the Australian government that we ask of ours.    How can a country support opening its doors to low-skilled immigrants in huge numbers at this point in history?     In this case, the Rudd government has announced it plans to allow 500,000 immigrants to enter Australia over the next three years.

So how are they going to offer land, water, power and transport to more than 500,000 permanent newcomers Rudd hopes to settle here permanently in just three years?

Read the whole article and ponder how it is that Australia too has caught the civilizational death wish disease.

South Africa sends America a message: will we hear it?

We have written on many occasions (start here) about the violence and brutality in that country that was supposed to be the shining light on the African continent.    The Rainbow Nation’s doors were flung open to immigrants of all hues as Apartheid crumbled.  Now South Africa is wracked by what the elites are calling “xenophobic” attacks on foreigners.    I guess they can’t call it racism because both sides are predominantly black.

I was surprised to see today that the Washington Post is reporting on the story.   It seems that camps set up in the wake of riots last spring are being dismantled by the government and refugees are being told its safe to return to their neighborhoods.

Five months have passed since more than 60 people were killed in anti-foreigner beatings and burnings that shocked a nation that touts diversity. Thousands of immigrants moved to about 10 refugee-style camps that seemed incongruous in Africa’s most developed country. In recent weeks, the government has torn most down, saying the neighborhoods are safe again.

But aid workers and immigrants who fled to this spot north of Pretoria — mostly Somalis, Ethiopians and Congolese — disagree. They say the camps’ endurance and continued reports of violence underscore how little the South African government has done to tackle a long-standing hostility toward immigrants that reached a tipping point in the spring.

Even though the camps are being turned into junk heaps, refugees are not budging, the Post says some are holding out hope of third country resettlement.  

The powers that be in South Africa are still trying to figure out how these horrible events could have happened, afterall this is a country that is not supposed to notice difference—diversity is beautiful and multiculturalism rules. 

The attacks prompted soul-searching in a nation whose liberation leaders were given refuge throughout Africa during the apartheid era. Many South Africans criticized the government as failing to help the downtrodden, who view immigrants as competition for jobs. Others saw the violence as a symbol of ousted president Thabo Mbeki’s failed strategy with Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, which they say led to an influx of immigrants from that country.

Some, including Mbeki and ANC leader Jacob Zuma, said the brutality was not xenophobic — as it has been widely labeled — but rather, as Zuma put it, “thuggery and criminality.”

But surveys over the past decade by the Southern African Migration Project have found that hostility toward outsiders is higher in South Africa than in most nations where comparable data exist. In a recent report, the project said warnings by researchers and elected officials about the potential for violence were mostly ignored, leading to a “perfect xenophobic storm” this year.

Here is the lesson Americans should take from South Africa:

1)  There are too many people in Africa with too few resources.

2)  A prosperous country cannot survive open borders. 

3)  Human nature is such that people will fight for what they believe belongs to them and their family (jobs, a home, a neighborhood, a bit of land and so on.)

South Africa will never solve its immigration problems as long as they are stuck on psychoanalyzing xenophobia.    America will never solve its immigration problems as long as the national debate is stuck on characterizing every critic of our immigration policy as a racist. 

A country will only survive when it is strong enough to set limits on immigration that are not only numerical but also take into account the culture and education of those being admitted—we must discriminate! 



Utah Burmese family still grieving for murdered daughter

This is an update of a tragic story we wrote about last April.  The Christian family of murdered 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo is still grieving.   But, I haven’t seen a word written recently about the investigation of the fellow Burmese refugee who was arrested and charged with that brutal rape and murder.

Here the reporter for the Salt Lake City Tribune (in the series I mentioned yesterday) tells how difficult a time the family had when they arrived in the US, demonstrating once again that the federal contractors are not doing their jobs for which they are being paid by us, the taxpayer. 

Thank goodness there were citizens in the community who could help them.

Shortly after their arrival in Utah in August last year, they were hungry and couldn’t find their resettlement caseworker. Today, they laugh remembering the man – who they called Mr. Tomorrow, because he never seemed to follow through on his promises.
“We didn’t know how long it would be for Mr. Tomorrow to bring us [things] right now,” Cartoon Wah said.

Within weeks, the family met Carrie Pender, a refugee specialist for the Granite School District, who had stopped by their apartment to help enroll their children. They soon asked her for help getting food – they told her they did not have food stamps yet. She bought them groceries.

She also took them to the Department of Motor Vehicles to help them get Utah identification cards, needed to open a bank account. No one had ever connected their phone, another task Pender took on.

As the temperatures dropped, the family grew cold at night. It was an LDS service missionary assigned to their family, Paul Van Dyke, who brought them blankets and winter coats. It was also Van Dyke who found jobs for Cartoon Wah and two of his sons at Deseret Industries, and helped them sign up for English.

“I think [resettlement agencies] . . . they do the best they can,” Van Dyke said. “What we’ve found is that usually [refugees] could go for weeks before their caseworker can get back to them.”

It is the same old story from one end of the country to the other.

From a Smearcasting wannabe

This made me laugh and wonder when I too might have the honor of being on this distinguished list.   Of course I would never presume to be in the company of these great patriots, but maybe in a lower tier.    See Smearcasting’s smears here.

Smearcasting documents the public writings and appearances of Islamophobic activists and pundits who intentionally and regularly spread fear, bigotry and misinformation in the media. Offering a fresh look at Islamophobia and its perpetrators in today’s media, it also provides four snapshots, or case studies, describing how Islamophobes manipulate media in order to paint Muslims with a broad, hateful brush.

If you click on the face of each “Islamophobe” you will get a description of how “hateful” each is.

Hey, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, I said this in the Salt Lake City Tribune this week, will it help me make the list?

Corcoran also objects to the number of Muslim refugees who have resettled in the United States in recent years because she worries about cultural clashes on the scale of those seen in Europe.

Note to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (their name is funny too):    using words like “Islamophobe”, “bigotry”, “fear”, “hate”……racism, xenophobia, nativism and on and on and on, doesn’t work anymore.