GUNS for HIRE (ODT)
An investigation sparked by reports from concerned neighbors who suspected that immigrant children were being housed in a vacant office building in Phoenix, illustrated the secrecy surrounding the care of children by the U.S. government and defense contractors that have been hired to help enforce the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
The only way to undo Trump’s Muslim ban, and to begin to undo the untold damage he’s done to the country, is to organize and canvass and publish and elect the opposition in 2018 and 2020. The courts are not going to save us from Trumpism. The GOP Congress is not going to save us from Trumpism. Civility is not going to save us from Trumpism. We’re on our own, friends. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shown the way.
Ironically, the court decision came back the same days as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset win in the 114th Congressional district in New York. The 19th-century Protestant Know-Nothing conspiracy would have tried to exclude her from the US for being of Catholic heritage.
Tony Abbott is not an original thinker
Indeed, it has become undeniable that Trump’s overriding goal on immigration is to reduce the number of immigrants in the US to the greatest degree possible.
As Eric Levitz notes on nymag.com, Trump moved to end Temporary Protected Status for various groups with no credible rationale for doing so and even though US diplomats have warned that it is dangerously bad policy. And as Trump’s “shithole countries” comment confirmed, his main driving impulse on immigration is white nationalism – rolling back the current racial and ethnic mix of the country at all costs – and that this is shaping policy.
Glen Searle, honorary associate professor in planning at Sydney University, said the Federal Government’s response to immigration so far has been “totally inadequate” and it now has a “moral responsibility” to deliver investment required by Australia’s immigration program.
“I would be strongly urging people to be considered when they look at these figures,” she said, “and not blame migrants, but rather hold politicians to account”.
Annual education exports in 2016-17 were valued at $28 billion by the ABS.
This equates to a profit where as ultra conservatives like Dutton, Abbott and right-wing media men like Andrew Bolt call this an Immigration problem and expense and not an asset.
1) It’s a cover up of decades political inactivity, the failure largely of the LNP to invest in infrastucture. 2) It’s an opportunist conservative tactic to turn Immigration into a political strategy because the congestion is obvious immediate and easily felt while it’s cause needs time and not just sound bytes to be explained and that takes reasoned analysis that can easily be countered with News Corp support and anti- Immigration sloganeering and blame. (ODT)
Peter Dutton’s department blocked a white South African farmer’s asylum bid because its evidence showed “the vast majority of crimes against whites are not racially motivated”.
A delegate for Dutton also shut down a second, separate asylum bid by a white South African woman who feared racially motivated persecution, arguing there was no evidence she “had been targeted because of her race or gender or that she would be targeted for this reason upon her return”.
To be granted refugee status, an asylum seeker must have a well-founded fear of persecution for one or more of a number of legislated reasons: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.
The two decisions, both made by immigration authorities in 2015, appear to be at odds with Dutton’s recent stance in support of protecting white South African farmers.
Australia’s Conservatives will love this
Public figures including a Labour peer have called for the BBC to cancel the programme, saying rebroadcasting the speech would work to normalise racism.
The original speech was delivered by then Conservative MP Powell to a Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham.
They examined 40 different skill groups and found “no evidence” that immigration damaged the labour market outcomes of pre-existing Australians.
“If anything, there is some evidence for small positive associations,” they wrote.
It shouldn’t be surprising. Migrants bring with them, or make, money, which they use to buy houses, start businesses and educate their children. They employ people.
What if we don’t want all that activity? What if we want a more peaceful life with fewer traffic jams and shorter commutes?
Immigrants boost economic growth by increasing the percentage of people in the workforce. They also tend to be younger, better educated and more motivated than the average resident “owing to their decision to move to Australia”, according to the 2015 Intergenerational Report.
This is especially true in Australia, which has emphasised skilled migration since the mid-1990s.
“If we didn’t have as much migration not only would Australia be much smaller, it would be much older because migrants are traditionally younger than the average resident,” Mr Howe said.
Despite living her whole adult life in Texas, she was deported to Mexico after a traffic stop. She warned a U.S. Border Patrol agent, “When I am found dead, it will be on your conscience.” Within a week of her deportation, she was murdered by her ex-husband.
The alternative to taking in immigrants is to shrink demographically, as Japan is doing and as Germany was doing before the recent change in immigration policy. Urban educated people don’t want a house full of children usually, and so the Japanese are not replacing themselves, and nor would Americans without immigration. A big shrinkage of the population of the sort in which Japan is engaged is an unprecedented social experiment. Who will support the growing ranks of the elderly and retired? Who will build new buildings? What will happen to property prices as houses and schools empty out? Who will serve in the military? Who will invent new technology? Wouldn’t the country become weak economically and militarily and perhaps prey for a younger, more dynamic neighbor? And, no, Trump, Norway is not going to save you from all that. Salvadoran Americans might, if you let them.
Andrew Bolt ran the argument that we are “full” that we can’t afford immigrants from “shithole” countries as well.
Moreover, the white Protestant majority of 1976 had been connived at by the Nazi-style 1924 immigration act, which awarded countries quotas, essentially racial quotas, based on the composition of the US population in 1880 before the big wave of 20 million southern and eastern Europeans and Lebanese came in, 1880-1924. The 1924 act and other legislation excluded all Asians and tried as hard as possible to get blond-haired Germans and Norwegians to come, what with them being the superior race and all.So the composition of the US public in 1976 was the result of what was more or less a eugenics program. It was not “natural” nor had it been typical of North America over its whole sweep.
‘It appears… that some shots, quite a number it seems, were fired laterally into the compound, yes.’
British people who oppose further immigration to the UK are less happy than those who welcome it, and politicians are part of the reason for this, research shows.
Dom Wolf, born in London to German parents, hits bureaucratic wall trying to apply for British passport after Brexit vote
Things may just have got a little awkward for politicians engaging in anti-immigrant rhetoric on both sides of the Atlantic: all six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are
British politicians’ “divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric” during the EU referendum campaign fuelled a surge in hate crimes immediately following the vote, a United Nations body has said. BBC News reports that the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it was “seriously concerned” that British politicians whipped up hatred and then “failed to condemn” racist abuse during the campaign.
Australian governments need to greater appreciate the work ethic and culture of migrants. That’s the message from 32-year-old Mohammad Sinn. The employment consultant, born and bred in Katanning, a country town three hours south of Perth, said he rarely had difficulty finding work for migrants. “They are reliable, most of them are physically fit and they just get along with the locals here so I think that’s one of the good things of getting more migrants into a small town like Katanning because most of them go into labour work such as the abattoir here,” he said.
As stories emerge of contractors beating children on Nauru, Wilson Security’s entire operation looks increasingly broken.
The immigration department has spent $6 million of taxpayers’ cash making a telemovie drama to deter would-be asylum seekers.
Hundreds of thousands of air passengers face potential disruption to their Easter Holiday plans as ABF and other Immigration Department officials threaten to walk off the job at airports and freight terminals around the country on Easter Thursday.
Long known for its gritty reputation, this slowly-gentrifying Melbourne suburb of Footscray has become a target for large-scale development.
The study is the first to attempt a broad analysis of the types of incidents that have taken place in detention as well as the events triggering them. Max Chalmers reports. Reader note: story contains discussion of self-harm. New analysis has revealed the prevalence of attempted hangings among people held in Australian immigration detention centres, andMore
By Anthony Element OAM In 1965, James Baldwin wrote a short story called ‘Going to Meet the Man’. It’s about Jesse, a small town sheriff who recalls when, as a boy, he watched as townspeople tortured and then murdered an African American they believed to be a runaway. They were led by Jesse’s father, the…
Confidential cabinet document obtained by Fairfax Media contains explosive recommendations.
A Syrian-born British woman says she has been denied entry to Australia without explanation.
Immigration makes us all better off by allowing people to reach their full potential.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has totally lost control of his portfolio. The past year alone provides a rich field of examples of his incompetency.
A man accused of duping dozens of migrants into paying for non-existent working visas is arrested by the Australian Federal Police.
Australia’s Minister for Saying-We’ve-Stopped-the-Boats – one Mr Peter ‘PDuddy’ Dutton – was out and about this morning defending what he and his government believe is the best and most successful immigration policy EVER. I decided to check out PDuddy’s claim against the following officialesque list… The Top 5 signs your Refugee Policy is a disaster…
The former prime minister needs to be told: Fortress Europe and Fortress Australia are anachronistic, unjust and odious concepts.
Dylan Fraser has lived in Australia for 17 years but after spending two years in prison, was deported to New Zealand, away from his family and friends.
While Europe is erecting fences, deploying armies and expressing its “concern” about how to deal with the annual influx of some 300,000 asylum seekers, vast areas of the world – namely the Middle East and Africa – are essentially ceasing to exist.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton signs papers ordering the deportation of Sydney bikie boss Sam Ibrahim.
Following Australian border force’s announcement about conducting visa checks in Melbourne, here are six crucial facts about police and immigration officer powers
Operation Fortitude will not go ahead in Melbourne’s CBD this weekend, Victoria Police confirms.
Of course, the devil is in the details. But let’s look at the broad strokes.
When countries can trade goods and services freely, they become more prosperous.
That’s because, as professor Ben Powell explains in the video, more people have more opportunities to spend and invest their money. Companies make more money from the increased sales, and they’re able to reinvest those profits into growing their business (like hiring new employees).
When workers can trade their labor freely, they also become more prosperous.
A person who sells fruit in a rich country will make much more money than a person who sells fruit in a poor country. Then that person can use those additional wages in ways to do things like pay rent, buy groceries, or see a movie, thereby boosting their local economy.
That person may even send money to family in their home country, enabling that family to boost their local economy in the same way.
Add them both together, and you have an economy that’s buzz-buzz-buzzing.
If workers can provide their labor to the highest bidder without complex application processes and long waiting lists, everyone could contribute to amplifying their local, national, and global economy.
But we’re not just talking about low-skill workers in the poorest of poor countries. Why shouldn’t a teacher in the U.S. be able to try teaching in Luxembourg? That’s a near doubling of their salary!
But what about native-born workers?
Powell, who teaches at Texas Tech University, says this:
“Some worry that increased immigration would harm native-born workers. However most studies show that on the whole, these harms are non-existent or minor, temporary, and clustered on only a small portion of the population.”
But those are real people! And those harms mean something to them and their families. No wonder there’s so much resistance to changes to immigration laws. Still it’s obvious that we’d miss out on a lot of economic activity if we keep things the way they are.
We need to craft immigration laws that balance helping our economies grow, providing economic opportunities to those who need them most, and helping those who might be negatively affected by the changes (no matter how “minor, temporary, or clustered”).
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CT&P) – Outraged by President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, Republican lawmakers, with the full support of their right-wing Christian base, have proposed a different plan to deal with the almost five million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States.
The plan calls for a significant percentage of the “illegals” to be executed immediately as a terrifying example to all those wishing to enter this country in search of a better life. The remainder of the “shiftless job-stealing cretins” would be rounded up and forced back across the border at gunpoint.
Possibly the most ambitious part of the proposal calls for a 20 foot high wall adorned with pikes to be built along our southern border. The severed heads of those trying to cross the border illegally would be placed on the decorative pikes as a reminder to those who would try to enter in the future.
Nan Hypocritus, president and managing director of Christians Against Compassion and Empathy, an anti-immigrant group, told Reuters that her group was incredulous that President Obama would take such drastic unilateral action so close to the holidays.
“Thanksgiving is just next week, and Christmas is just around the corner!” said Hypocritus. “How dare he throw a wrench into the sacred holiday season by showing love and compassion to a group of brown people? We Christians have better things to do than worry about protecting immigrants from being torn away from their families and deported to God knows where! We have shopping to do and we are just getting geared up to act like a persecuted minority over the whole ‘War On Christmas’ fantasy! This is just outrageous!”
Although similar executive actions regarding immigration were taken by Republican presidents in the past, G.O.P. leaders are beside themselves over Obama’s orders and vow to make the new proposal law in the near future.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has lumped the new “Final Solution” Immigration Reform Bill in with an omnibus spending package that also features the repeal of Obamacare, mandatory fracking in national parks, the elimination of the EPA and the Department of Education, and the death penalty for Hillary Clinton for her role in the Benghazi conspiracy.
Australian government’s anti-immigrant poster shocks planet (VIDEO)
It’s certainly a marked change of tone from the old days. Back in 1928 Australia was advertising itself as a land of opportunity – but the people it was advertising to lived in the UK and northern Europe.
The light of human rights is fading in Australia
Never has an Australian government talked so much about freedom while doing so much to undermine it.When it comes to national security and refugees we are increasingly pathetic, writes Ben Saul.
.The Government’s stocks are rising as it takes advantage of public anxiety about terrorism to ram through new laws. To be sure, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria needs to be combated to protect civilians there. But the threat in Australia is modest and the Government is overcooking it.
Terrorism here is not an existential threat. Nazism, imperial Japan, and nuclear holocaust in the Cold War were existential threats. Terrorism in Australia is a minor irritation. Your own furniture is more likely to kill you.
When our Prime Minister subordinates the magical diversity of what it means to be Australian to some absurdly jingoistic, reductive view of national identity, it is no surprise that others take it further: from hateful graffiti, to calls to halt Muslim immigration or ban the burqa, to Islamophobic attacks on Australian women wearing headscarves.
The new laws also go too far. They criminalise innocent travel to places the Foreign Minister does not want you to go. They criminalise free speech. They criminalise whistleblowers and the media that report them. They allow mass surveillance of innocent Australians on the internet. They deny procedural fairness. They violate the right to social security and therefore potentially leave people destitute.
All of this comes without the binding human rights safeguards that every other self-respecting democracy imposes on its security agencies.
The bill also erases references in our law to the Refugee Convention. The Immigration Minister spat the dummy on international law, saying: “This parliament should decide what our obligations are under these conventions – not those who seek to direct us otherwise from places outside this country”, such as foreign courts or the United Nations. The Minister assured us that Australia would comply with its international obligations – which is presumably not difficult if international law is now simply whatever the Government says it is.
The rest of the miserable story of Australian refugee policy is well known. Protracted and even indefinite, illegal detention. Cruel, inhuman and degrading detention conditions, where refugees suicide, are beaten to death, or die from treatable infections. Detention factories that manufacture mental illness. Naval interceptions and offshore processing based on grand lies about queue jumping, people smuggling, and saving lives at sea. Shifting our burden onto and bribing poor neighbours like Papua New Guinea. Coddling dictators in Cambodia and war criminals and torturers in Sri Lanka. Undermining constitutionalism in Nauru. Our system punishes refugees and tries to stop them coming at whatever the human cost.
Australia receives a few thousand boat people and our politicians – on both sides – some of our media, and many Australians go into meltdown. We have no sense of proportion or perspective, like a child that cannot control itself. Stinginess, selfishness, paranoia, and racism have become defining characteristics of our nation. We are increasingly pathetic.
The major parties are in lock-step on many of these abuses, whether on refugees or terrorism. Many Australian politicians are either hostile towards human rights or indifferent. They prefer to govern by marginal seat focus groups than to show courage or leadership.
Some of the great light of human rights is fading in Australia. It is a cause of sorrow, and shame, that our institutions are incapable of arresting it. Our country has become, in the words of our bush poet Randolph Stow, “a desert of broken quartz”, wracked by the crow.
Foreign Aid inducement plus costs will abrogate responsibility.
It will be a silenent “operational matter”
Cambodia is a refuge for political expediency
September 27, 2014
The Abbott government’s squalid deal with one of Asia’s poorest and most corrupt nations reflects badly on Australia, harms our regional ambition to be seen as a friendly neighbour and abdicates our moral responsibility to the vulnerable.
‘Their standards are not our standards – and it is very wrong of Australia to send people who have come into our care, however briefly, to a country whose standards are so different from ours.”
How two faced can you get? This was Tony Abbott’s withering critique, from opposition in 2011, of Labor’s ill-judged people-swap with Malaysia. The Coalition at the time refused to support the Malaysian deal, arguing – as did The Age – that the rights of asylum seekers could not be protected. Those very same doubts apply in at least equal measure to Cambodia.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, having initially refused to acknowledge the negotiations with Cambodia with his regrettable contempt for public information, has now made a risible attempt to dress up this deal as a sign of that country’s progress. But, politically, the country is moribund. Prime Minister Hun Sen has preserved his grip on power for more than two decades by intimidation and repression.
Australia to strike a deal that promises Cambodia an additional $40 million in aid over four years, to accept refugees whom Australia itself has refused to accept, smacks of exploitation.
Offshore processing of refugee applicants in Nauru and Papua New Guinea is an attempt to evade Australia’s international obligations; now, by paying to send refugees to Cambodia, the government is similarly attempting to buy its way out of the responsibility to resettle people found to be fleeing persecution.
It is extraordinary that, beyond the additional $40 million in aid, the government has entered into this deal with an apparent blank cheque, to pay for the costs of providing for refugees in Cambodia. Mr Morrison has conceded the cost is unknown.
There is no economic argument for what Morrison is doing. If 20,000 adult refugees were settled to become tax payers of this country at the lowest level $10-15k it would bring the government approx $300 mill or over $2 billion income over the next 5 years and that’s only one group of 20,000. What’s our reputation as a global citizen worth. Nothing it would appear to this government. Immigration,Climate,Security,Welfare,Education have become the most regressive policies in the Western World.
Will BOLT APOLOGISE. PIGS ARSE HE WILL
Australian Defence Force chief apologises after officer withdraws Sydney attack allegation
The Chief of the Defence Force has apologised after an officer claimed he was assaulted by two Middle Eastern men in Sydney, then withdrew the allegation.
The 41-year-old sailor had claimed he was left with bruising after being attacked by two men of Middle Eastern appearance near his home at Bella Vista, in Sydney’s north-west.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) chief Mark Binskin said the ADF would investigate the officer’s conduct.
“There was a sailor who alleged he was assaulted yesterday morning,” Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.
“I have been in contact with [NSW Police Commissioner] Andrew Scipione throughout the evening and just spoken to him before I came down here now and that sailor has withdrawn those allegations.
“What I would like to say, because this is breaking news, on behalf of the Australian Defence Force I would like to apologise to the Australian community and particularly the Middle Eastern community for any angst that this has caused.”
The claim, made on Thursday, came amid concerns about the safety of military personnel and police officers two days after an attack in Melbourne in which two police officers were injured and their attacker was shot dead.
It also followed calls for “restraint and civility” from religious leaders concerned about heightened community tensions after last week’s counter-terrorism operation involving raids on homes in Sydney and Brisbane.