There seems to be a little background chatter about migration these days?
Of course Donald Duck has stirred things up over the pond with his little announcement about restricting [or banning? I wasn’t paying that much attention] access to the States from certain countries. This naturally has gravely upset the Snowflakes and the Righteous [and, of course, the Twitterati] who scream about how diversity is wonderful thing and we must all show compassion and blah blah blah.
Our lot of tree huggers are now screeching that Dame Enda must not under any circumstances visit America on Paddy’s Day. If he doesn’t, then what? Will The Don break down in tears and beg forgiveness? Wil he open the gates again if only we’d give him a bowl of shamrock? Will 99.999999% of Americans even notice? Or give a shit?
So am I pro or anti this latest move on closing borders?
Having given at least a minute’s thought, I would probably say not anti. The Duck is of course the elected leader so those who elected him can hardly complain. He loudly announced his intentions before the election so they can’t whinge now. In fact it must be one of the first recorded instances worldwide of someone actually keeping an election promise?
I will be honest. On balance I don’t really go for immigration here. I know I am now going to be labelled as a xenophobe, a racist and guilty of hate crimes but fuck that. First and foremost I don’t believe in all this diversity crap. A country has its own cultures and traditions and if other cultures and traditions get stirred into the pot then instead of enhancing the culture it tends to dilute it. I know one of the reasons that the EU is so pro-migration is that they want countries to lose their individual cultures and identities and all become part of a European Grey Porridge.
One line that is frequently trotted out here is that “other countries took us in during the Famine”. Bollox. Different times, different circumstances. The Irish who emigrated invariably ended up in menial tasks, building roads, railways and canals. That was in the days where if you wanted a mountain moved, you trucked in a few hundred diggers who were glad of a job. The days of hard menial labour are now largely gone so an immigrant either has to be highly qualified, or go back to college to gain a qualification or live off handouts from the state.
But how many of these people are fleeing tyrannical regimes and civil wars? Quite a few no doubt, but a hell of a lot aren’t. I would hazard a guess that the vast majority are economic migrants [as they call them] and opportunists [as I call them]. I do believe it is wrong to send someone back home to a concentration camp but equally I don’t think I should pay for someone who just wants the easy life. So how do you separate the two? Border control. Simples.
So having spent more time typing this than actually thinking about it, I think I would probably come down in favour of the Duck’s actions. Not that it matters a whit to me as I am not American, nor do I have the slightest intention of ever moving there. So it’s a case of their country: their laws.
Incidentally, has anyone ever noticed that when they arrest someone here for murder, robbery or violence the arrestee invariably has a name that sounds like it was invented by a three year old playing with Dad’s typewriter?