June 20 was World Refugee Day and the UN Refugee Commission made headlines around the globe by announcing that the world is in its worst refugee crisis ever — surpassing the aftermath of World War II.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...
Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Be Free
Sorry, we may have needed them after the genocide of the natives.
We surely don't need them now .... though they do keep wages down, a plus for business.
The Population Bomb ........ so many elephants in the room.
Enough is enough, though. I am not against immigration but we need a moratorium so the new immigrants can assimilate somewhat. And no illegal immigration at all! Guest worker programme okay though, with fairness written into the rules,
The refugee crisis is the result of the US's foreign policy. Talking to my friend in Austria, she told me they all know that all the refugees fleeing into Austria are the results of the actions of the US. And then the US lays the problem on the rest of the world. Anger against the US is mounting.
Back in an earlier era, they didn't call them refugees... but they could have. They set quotas too. They could have called the Irish fleeing famine refugees. They could have called the Jews fleeing pogroms by the Cossacks and others, refugees. They could have called the Germans and the Italians, the Poles and all the other desperately poor peasants crowding steerage, refugees from malnourishment and ignorance (only the wealthy could afford to send their kids to school) and war.
They could have called your grandparents and great grandparents refugees when they sold everything they had and went into debt to pay agents (we call them coyotes) for passage to America. Back then they could have called those desperately poor, uneducated peasants trying to escape oppression, war and poverty from whom many of us descended ... refugees!
They could have called such people refugees!
In memorium to my great grandmother on whose birthday I was born (yes she spoiled me, whad'ya figure?), who was pregnant and with two small children in tow, delivered my grandmother in steerage out there on the Atlantic and arrived illiterate and alone (a widow) with three small children and poor as can be from the get go. Thanks Nana!
Or at least quit bombing them so they don't have to leave their homes.
Any discussion of the plight of refugees without mentioning the wars that created them is not a discussion worth having.
Westerners need to get over their arrogant and racist belief that the thousands of people fleeing the Middle East and Africa just want to come to Europeans countries because they are so in love with Europeans and their way of life. They don't want to "assimilate" into your culture, they want to be left alone to pursue their dreams in their countries of origin. Don't want darker-skinned immigrants? Stop bombing the hell out of their countries and making them uninhabitable warzones (Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, etc.). Stop overthrowing their governments and stop your multi-naitonal corporations from raping these countries of the riches they are entitled to from their natural resources.
I don't want to hear a damn thing about how Obama was supposedly better on refugees than Trump because Obama dropped more bombs during his tenure than the criminal Bush regime did. Obama didn't care about refugees because he was willingly creating them for eight years.
As wonderful as Westerners have been taught to believe they are, most of the world's people would rather live and prosper in their own countries, not Europe or the US.
Why is immigration considered a new crisis? It is centuries old and people migrating still carries on without apocalyptic catastrophes. Immigration for survival has been going on from the beginning of time. When most people are on earth are dealt such a bad hand, to try to stop them from bettering their condition seems heartless decision.
t the time there were no countries or no borders. Sovereign nations today attempt to control all entry into their territories through comprehensive passport regimes, but this is a recent development. Prior to 1914, the world’s borders were largely open to migration. Early America did not control immigration at all. A newcomer simply got off the boat and started a new life. Victorian Great Britain, too, had open borders. As the British Secretary of State put it in 1872, “by the existing law of Great Britain all foreigners have the unrestricted right of entrance and residence in this country”. The International Emigration Conference in 1889 affirmed “the right of the individual to the fundamental liberty accorded to him by every civilized nation to come and go and dispose of his person and his destinies as he pleases.”
Borders are always permeable to the privileged, impermeable to the poor.
At the root, the problem for immigrants is capitalism, a system that exploits the poor to benefit the rich. Capitalism needs workers with no rights on both sides of the border. What we need is a system of planned, nonprofit production and distribution under workers' control. We will have no use for national borders; people will not be forced to uproot their entire families from their homelands just to survive. Movement from place to place will be the free choice of free people. A socialist world would be one without passports and borders, never mind detention centres and deportations. A democratic socialist world plan of production would be able to harness the enormous science and technique created by capitalism, and the world’s natural resources, to meet the needs of the population in every part of the world. Those deciding to move to other parts of the world would therefore do so out of genuine choice. Only by fighting for a socialist world is it possible to overcome the barriers of the nation state and to create a world without borders.
"If Socialism, international, revolutionary Socialism, does not stand staunchly, unflinchingly, and uncompromisingly for the working class and for the exploited and oppressed masses of all lands, then it stands for none and its claim is a false pretense and its profession a delusion and a snare. Let those desert us who will because we refuse to shut the international door in the faces of their own brethren; we will be none the weaker but all the stronger for their going, for they evidently have no clear conception of the international solidarity, are wholly lacking in the revolutionary spirit, and have no proper place in the Socialist movement” Eugene Debs, 1910
It is time to interview stone carvers to erase Emma Lazarus' poem from the Statue of Liberty. Maybe we could replace it with one by David Duke.