Immigration Policy: Where’s the Love?

Anne Dunlap; 14/7/09; (2 Items)

The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:34) Let’s cut to the chase: What, exactly, is loving about the way we treat “the alien” among us – the immigrant, the foreigner, the non-native who has left her/his own land because of war, starvation, disease, and desperation, and travels to another in hopes of making a better life for her/his family (the meaning of the original Hebrew in this text)? What, exactly, is loving about building steel walls across a borderline with the express intent to force migrants into the desert, sure that their deaths will be a deterent to future migration?
What, exactly, is loving about slashing water bottles and shooting water tanks left for migrants so that they won’t die of thirst?


Compassion trumped by expediency in asylum-seeker response
Mike Steketee; 18/7/09
The government seems to be in a state of anxiety that the issue will regain its political potency. Two weeks ago, on his way to Europe, Kevin Rudd dropped into Malaysia with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in tow, a rare double act in Australian diplomacy. “First and foremost”, in the words of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, they discussed how to combat people-smuggling. “I gave a categorical assurance to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that we will do all that we can to prevent the flow of illegal immigrants to Australia,” he said. “And certainly we do not want Malaysia to be known as a transit point for human trafficking.”