Most people seem to have accepted the truth about the so-called war on drugs. By that, I mean it was never about drugs. Its true target was non-white people, especially Black people. Its goal was social control. Slavery gave way to Jim Crow, which gave way to the mass incarceration of “undesirables.” Illegal drugs were merely a pretext. These days, states are legalizing drugs. Some are even releasing people convicted of drug crimes. In all, we seem to be experiencing a new age of drug enlightenment.
I hope it does not take most people as long with “border security.” Like the “war on drugs,” it’s not about security. It’s about social control. It’s about having a legal reason to put non-white people in jail, kicking them out or just acting barbarously toward them. Drugs did not threaten the national interest until the government said they did. Same with the southern border. People used to pass freely, wherever the seasonal work took them. It did not threaten the national interest until the government said it did.
Source: How the Right Wing Invented a Fictional ‘Migration Crisis’ — and Tricked Us into Believing It | The Smirking Chimp
When migrants have no vested interest in staying and are merely invited as labor and cheap meat what will that do to enhance the “we” as opposed to the “me” in what is regarded the most successful multicultural nation. Millions of people with no vested interest in the place will come to the great factory in the Pacific to be treated worse than the Australian labor force is now.. (ODT)
via Visa changes spark concerns of creating ‘permanently temporary’ migrants in Australia
Australian Detention Centers are sold as Holiday Resorts by Murdoch Media’s Chris Kenny, They are places however where detainees resort to rape, suicide, and mental collapse, children included. Where doctors nurses and staff are threatened jail if they inform. (ODT)
Mentally Ill Detainee Neglected at ICE Jail Dies by Suicide
Last year, the Canadian government set an ambitious target of admitting 1 million total immigrants from 2018-2020. The target for next year is 330,000 immigrants, of which about 190,000 will be economic migrants. The remainder will enter under the family reunification category and the refugee, humanitarian and protected category.
via Why Canada’s immigration system has been a success, and what Australia can learn from it
Ultra -Conservatives demand shrinking the economy (ODT)
The nation needs “well managed population growth” to help offset an ageing workforce, Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says, joining fellow business leaders in warning against Scott Morrison’s plan to slash immigration.
via Australia needs ‘well managed population growth’, not cuts: business lobby
President Donald Trump’s core supporters consist of 60 million to 80 million American adults, 90 percent of them White and four-fifths age 40 and older. They score high on unofficial measures of “racial resentment,” anger at perceived “loss of status” and victimization of White Christians, fearfulness, and support for authoritarianism. Are these psychological tendencies the cause or consequence of alarming social trends that are only just now getting attention?
Trump and right-wing pundits accuse immigrants, urban gangs, and their liberal “abettors” of inflicting epidemics of violence, drugs, violent killings, and “crime, crime, crime” on Americans. Reality is the opposite. It’s Trump’s own mostly-older, White constituencies who are suffering and perpetrating surging crises of lethal self-destruction, crime, and violence.
via Busting the Myth of Immigrant Crime
Listening to the growing hysteria surrounding predicted population increase in Australia, you would think our country is heading for disaster. Yes, urbanisation is happening rapidly across the world and in Australia.
The United Nations predicts that more than 68 per cent of the world’s population will live within an urban area by 2050 with 43 megacities of more than 10 million inhabitants.
via A growing population isn’t a problem: poor planning is
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.
via Defense Contractor’s Use of Vacant Office Building to House Children Underscores ‘Perverse Secrecy’ of Trump 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.
via The Seventh Exclusion: Great Moments in American Racist Immigration History
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.
via The lies unmasked by Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade
Australia has taken in 525,000 international students this year, a 12 per cent increase compared to last year, itself a record.
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)
via International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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.
via Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news | The Guardian
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.
via BBC ‘normalising racism’ by broadcasting Rivers of Blood speech
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?
via There’s a case for immigration, and it’s not about us
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.
via You decide Australia’s population, we’ll show you how it looks – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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.
via When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy | Democracy Now!
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.
via The US Role in Turning Countries into Shitholes and provoking Immigration | Informed Comment
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.
Source: Bannon & Trump lost Long ago: White Christians not a Majority in US
‘It appears… that some shots, quite a number it seems, were fired laterally into the compound, yes.’
Source: Multiple Shots Were Fired Into The Manus Detention Centre, Immigration Boss Says
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.
Source: People who oppose UK immigration are less happy than those who support it, research shows | The Independent
Dom Wolf, born in London to German parents, hits bureaucratic wall trying to apply for British passport after Brexit vote
Source: Man told to take citizenship test despite living entire life in UK | Politics | The Guardian
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
Source: All six of America’s 2016 Nobel Prize winners are immigrants | The Independent
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.
Source: Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says | UK Politics | News | The Independent
An Australian artist who was deported from the UK has been told that living with a friend in Yorkshire look after her dog, does not represent “the actions of a genuine visitor to the United Kingdom”.
Source: Aussie artist faced ‘Kafkaesque’ deportation from the UK
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.
Source: Migrants bring economic growth and diversity to West Australian town | SBS News
As stories emerge of contractors beating children on Nauru, Wilson Security’s entire operation looks increasingly broken.
Source: Wilson Security’s appalling record on Nauru | The Saturday Paper
The immigration department has spent $6 million of taxpayers’ cash making a telemovie drama to deter would-be asylum seekers.
Source: Taxpayers charged $6 million for Immigration Department telemovie
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.
Source: Border Force officials plan Easter airport shut-down
Long known for its gritty reputation, this slowly-gentrifying Melbourne suburb of Footscray has become a target for large-scale development.
Source: Footscray: melting pot turned hipster hotspot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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
Source: New Research Highlights Prevalence Of Hanging Incidents In Immigration Detention – New Matilda
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…
Source: Guarding against the Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Immigration makes us all better off by allowing people to reach their full potential.
Source: Immigration: opening our borders would make us richer
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has totally lost control of his portfolio. The past year alone provides a rich field of examples of his incompetency.
Source: Dutton has lost control. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
A man accused of duping dozens of migrants into paying for non-existent working visas is arrested by the Australian Federal Police.
Source: Migrants left penniless and suicidal over alleged visa scam – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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…
Source: The top 5 signs that your country’s Refugee Policy is a disaster – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The former prime minister needs to be told: Fortress Europe and Fortress Australia are anachronistic, unjust and odious concepts.
Source: Abbott’s refugee policy is our disgrace
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.
Source: The Ditch between Australia and New Zealand widens as deportations climb – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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.
Source: Refugee crisis: Brought to you by Western imperialism — RT Op-Edge