Ellie Mae O’Hagan demands we ignore the laws, and listen to (what she assumes to be) our hearts instead:
How can a man who would rather die than return to his native country be gaming the system?
Errr…. because blackmail can always be relied upon to work on the soft-hearted (or more accurately, soft-headed)?
Immigration has always been a thorny issue politically, and successive governments have ratcheted up the tensions in order to win easy points from the electorate. Now we seem to be in a position where any public figure who says something in defence of immigrants is accused of failing to understand the concerns of ordinary people, concerns that were preyed upon and magnified by politicians in the first place.
Yes, it’s the dastardly politicians that make us resent the politically-imposed flood of Third World immigration to our shores.
And with former Labour politicians such as Jack Straw confirming the worst by apologising for his own government’s immigration policies, it is likely to become ever more politically difficult for future governments to change existing practices.
But where does that leave people like Muazu?
Hopefully, Ellie, it leaves them in Nigeria.
When can we acknowledge that immigrants and asylum seekers are human beings who deserve some measure of safety – some quality of life?
Well, sure they do. But that should be pursued in their own country, rather than by upping sticks and fleeing somewhere else. How will anything ever change, otherwise?
There has to be some point at which these policies give way to compassion and civility.
Translation: “Let ’em all in!”
* Does not apply to all feelings, of course…