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calendar   Wednesday - April 27, 2011

open season on open borders … coming soon to your country

Some of the regulars at this site may recall a few days ago, I was on a rant of sorts with regard to the overcrowding of an Italian island with refugees.
Those folks have played havoc of course with the natives of the island who they may well outnumber.
Well BMEWS, here’s an update. Seems the French (Bravo) want to take another look at that agreement they signed about open borders some years ago.
They and the Italians are having an argument. Italy wants France to help more. France says NEIN! Oh wait.  Wrong language but you get the idea.

You folks get upset in the USA over the way our borders there are seemingly unattended and libs banging away to allow more in etc. Hey, take a good look at Europe and view America’s future. It might not be in this situation with regard to war refugees on the border and overwhelming an island, but this is how things are here and the same sort of folks that believe in open arms and borders exist in plenty in the USA. Just saying, keep your eyes and ears open.
This is becoming a mess. I’m not sure if I’m right to blame the Conservative (Lite) PM, David (call me Dave) Cameron. But he it was got on his high moral horse after years and years of fun with Gadiffi, and decided he needed to support the “civilians” who are at odds with the govt. there. In a neat bit of some kind of 1984 the enemy is our friend now and our friend is our enemy, it’s decided and all apparently agree, that everyone with a gun who opposes Gadiffi is an innocent civilian, and everyone taking sides with Tripoli are not.  It hasn’t occurred to some that there may actually be ppl there who do support him, who are not being held to some kind of ransom or being forced to fight for him. It’s a damn tribal thing as well, it’s a civil war that some thought would be “Over by Christmas, over there.”

Oh by the by people.  The UN is now making noise about Syria and complaining about ... come on ... one word.  “CIVILIANS” in harm’s way and DEMANDING the govt there stop what they are doing. 

So then, there’s this rush of refugees mostly of the wrong sort that Italy can not handle and the French do not want.  Oh Dear, oh dear what to do?
Why I know .... there’ll always be an England.

Take a look at what’s in store.


The Eurostar migrants: North African refugees mass at the Paris gateway to Britain as Sarkozy and Berlusconi row about open borders

By PETER ALLEN

· Immigrants who have fled Tunisia say Britain is their ‘only hope’
· Franco-Italian immigration problems comes amid international business tensions and discord over Libya
· Agreement reached to revise Treaty to account for ‘exceptional’ circumstances

Desperate immigrants fleeing the chaos in North Africa are massing around the Eurostar terminal in Paris – prompting fears that they will head for Britain.
Most are refugees from the recent revolution in Tunisia and the continuing conflict in Libya who have arrived in Europe via Italy.
Up to 1,000 North Africans have set up temporary home in squares surrounding the Gare du Nord, from which fast trains reach the UK in less than two hours.

Almost all are complaining about harassment from the French authorities. They say their hopes of finding accommodation and jobs in France are next to nil.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged to do all he can to get rid of the migrants. Some 25,000 North Africans have arrived in Italy by sea since the start of ‘the Arab Spring’ and many then moved on to France.

We were treated as heroes during our Jasmine Revolution but now we are unwanted. People are already offering us passages to England.’ Mr Trikki was speaking from a makeshift camp on the Jemmapes quay in Paris, where charity workers were dishing out soup to some 400 migrants.
Another camp, at Porte de Villette, has Tunisian flags at the entrance. The 300 residents complain daily about the lack of food and threats from the police.
Khalid, a 27-year-old Tunisian, said: ‘We know that the English supported the Jasmine Revolution, and that they are also fighting for freedom in Libya by bombing Gaddafi.

If a country is prepared to fight for us, then they will be prepared to welcome us as brothers.

We must be allowed to travel to countries like England.’


ANALYSIS: Quelle surprise! France discovers the need for stricter border controls

For a quarter of a century, France – one of the architects of the 1985 Schengen agreement – has been the main cheerleader for Europe throwing its borders wide open, writes James Slack.
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So there is a distinct irony that – now it is causing him a headache – President Sarkozy is leading demands for Schengen to be reformed.

In other words, the open movement permitted by Schengen is only a good thing for Europe when it is a good thing for France. Quelle surprise!

Schengen creates a single external border for Europe. People inside the boundary, which excludes Britain and Ireland, can move around freely, with security checks kept to a minimum.

France’s change of position over the wisdom of this policy is a response to the crisis in North Africa.

Since the beginning of February, the Italian island of Lampedusa has been overwhelmed by the arrival of more than 25,000 migrants. The majority of them are Tunisian.

Italy’s response was to grant a six-month visa for the Tunisian refugees who arrived before April 4. However, the temporary passport entitles its holders to free movement in the entire territory of Schengen.

Many of the Tunisians speak French, and would naturally wish to travel to France – prompting Mr Sarkozy and his colleagues to cry foul.

First, France decided to stop Italian trains carrying Tunisian migrants from entering its soil. Then, in a statement which must have brought a wicked smile to every British home secretary of recent years, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, an ally of Mr Sarkozy, uttered the following: ‘It’s easy for Italy to be generous with other people’s territory.’

Which, of course, was precisely the view taken by France over the Sangatte refugee camp. For years, France was happy for illegal immigrants to mass by the Calais ferry ports and Eurostar terminals which lead to England – safe in the knowledge they would soon be somebody else’s problem.

During his time as French interior minister, Mr Sarkozy agreed to close the 2002 version of Sangatte only if the UK agreed to take in 1,200 refugees living there.
While it is tempting to laugh at the hypocrisy of Mr Sarkozy suddenly discovering the need for stricter border controls, that would be unwise.

For there are already signs Mr Sarkozy’s tactic for dealing with the Tunisian problem will be a tried and tested one: allow the migrants to mass near Calais, and try to sneak into Britain. The Home Office – as is usual when dealing with France – must be on its guard.

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