In discussions on Twitter following the establishment of a new pro-immigration campaigning group, Boundless Plains To Share (@BoundlessPlains), there is a consensus emerging that open borders are the only solution to Australia’s immigration impasse.The ‘consensus’ she talks about is a bit one-sided, consisting as it does purely of the Left.
The humanitarian argument is dead in the water; people don’t want to be charitable.Well, no, not quite. What people don't want is to have that natural impulse to be charitable change their country and their way of life and put increased pressure on them to support a growing class of welfare moochers.
But the Left can't face that head on. So, she believes that ‘the terms of the pro-immigration argument have to shift’ in order to convince these awful majority that what Alana and her fellow travellers want is right.
… the facts remain that thinking of others as charity-cases, despite the best of intentions, dehumanises them creating a disconnect between "us" and "them" to the extent that even Australians whose own families were effectively refugees (for example, many Lebanese people) have decreasing empathy for those portrayed as "queue jumpers" and "economic migrants" in disguise.Because it would never occur to the Left that maybe these people had a point; they've gone through the process, so seeing someone else resort to emotional blackmail to skip the hard bits will rankle. No, that can't possibly be.
The two-pronged move to (a) open borders, thus making migration part of the daily reality of a globalised world, and not an expensive, largely performative, and ultimately futile exercise in securing borders, and (b) humanise asylum seekers by talking about them as people "like us" would have the effect of detoxifying the poison that is contemporary asylum and immigration politics in Australia.
Allow asylum seekers to come to Australia by any means (even if considerably larger numbers arrive, this will never reach European proportions, and Australia has plenty of room for them all).Heh! She fondly believes that not enough will want to come in to make a difference; I want some of what she's smoking!
Allow asylum seekers to work. This saves the government a lot of money, as current spending on detention and deportation of asylum seekers, especially off-shore is already costing the Australian public billions and will increase exponentially…And further squeezes the job market for everyone else.
To open borders would release Australian politics from the stranglehold created by the asylum issue, whereby everything is overshadowed by the race to appear tougher, more resolute, indeed more cruel than the next man or woman…
The left has to take the bull by the horns. No more prancing around the issue, paddling in the safe shallow waters of humanitarianism, and call for the only workable solution: free movement for all.Be careful what you wish for. As a comment here points out: As Milton Friedman said: “You can have open borders, or a welfare state; you can’t have both!”