When Drew asked a very brief question I had this material on hand and knew I couldn’t answer in a line or two. But the paragraph or two I thought of turned out instead to several pages and so in no particular order, I am making three separate posts. It’s the only way unless I squeeze two on one page.
I want folks in the USA to see just how dire and how out of control this problem is.
Britain is powerless to stop tens of thousands of Eastern European immigrants from coming to live in Britain from next year, Theresa May has admitted.
Christopher Hope/The Telegraph
Five year old quotas limiting the number of people from Bulgaria and Romania who can move to live in Britain are due to expire in just over 12 months’ time.
This will give 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European “freedom of movement” rules.
In an interview on BBC1, the Home Secretary said Britain would not be able to extend the so-called “transitional arrangements” to limit the expected influx.
Mrs May hinted that Britain might try to deny them benefits and access to the National Health Service to put them off from coming.
She told the Andrew Marr programme: “There are no further transitional controls that we can put on – the transitional controls end in December,20,13.
“But that’s where the importance of looking at some of the issues about what it is that is attracting people to come here, in terms of things like our benefits system and access to the health service, is so important.”
The line below comes from another story. Just to give a favour to things.
Government inspector found that thousands of foreign nationals were granted an ‘amnesty’ without their files even being looked at.
Immigration fiasco: this is one problem we can’t blame on the EU. No, it’s the UN’s fault
Calls for amnesties make no sense whatsoever; no immigration amnesty in history has led to any result other than more illegal immigration. Amnesties only make the problem worse, but the more a system becomes overwhelmed by sheer numbers the more attractive it appears.
No amount of managerial initiatives will change the fact that the current asylum system is a 1950s model trying to deal with the 21st century.
Britain is signed up to UN treaties devised after the Second World War to help central Europeans displaced by that conflict; because of that, anyone who arrives in the country illegally can claim asylum. This is unworkable in a world where the numbers of legitimate refugees is in the tens of millions, and when it is almost impossible to distinguish between a genuine refugee and an economic migrant. Besides, the distinction between the two is quite vague, and many economic migrants, trying to lift their families out of destitution and misery, are just as worthy of our sympathy.
Britain has not withdrawn from its UN obligations because any politician who did so would be crucified by the BBC. So instead we devise a system whereby claimants are treated inhumanely (placed in prison, even) and forbidden from working, while proportionately very few people are deported (in fact, as many magistrates can tell you, even foreign nationals who routinely commit petty crime are not deported).
It’s a tragedy without villains – the incomers want a better life, and as individuals most of the natives want them to have a better life too – but nonetheless it’s a system that can’t last indefinitely.
To allow a de facto amnesty is not just wrong in a practical sense, but morally wrong too, because the Border Agency, and even more so the politicians who decide asylum policy, have a job as gatekeepers.
This is the most basic job a state can do, but also today the most unfashionable; perhaps it’s because the UN Convention on Refugees was written with the shadow of the Holocaust in the background, with the world shamed by the 1938 Evian Conference, and that tragedy still colours media discourse.
Partly it’s because the idea of borders and barriers is so politically unfashionable to people who spend much of their time in the sky. But we cannot have an effective asylum system that offers limited places to needy people while we are bound by the United Nations; never mind the EU, when are we going to start repatriating power from the UN?
The video in this article is quite disturbing http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/world/europe/amid-greeces-worries-the-rise-of-right-wing-extremists.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
This is I fear what we will come to in Britain. This is how the nazis started out and they got popular support initially, but once they controlled the state people were too scared to confront them. Maybe it wont turn out that way, maybe I am too pessimistic, but given the demographics I think this is very likely to happen. We will be brought to this by the bed wetters and legal aid shysters who have encouraged the dregs of the turd world to come to Britain for asylum.