Asylum Seekers are not Illegal Immigrants
I am so over this stupid bullshit 'debate' about asylum seekers.
These poor people have absolutely nothing and are taking the most extreme, and I would bet, in most cases absolute last, measure to flee the persecution and horrible conditions of their homes, in the hopes that they will somehow make it to a country that might bother to show an ounce of compassion for the suffering they have gone through.
And woe betide the poor buggers who end up heading towards Australia with the ignorant attitudes of some of the people that live here.
I managed to catch a bit of Hack on Triple J this afternoon and my blood has been boiling ever since. This ignorant so-and-so just starts mouthing off about how they shouldn't be allowed to come here, they take our money (ie. the taxes we, the people, pay), and the government gives them more support than they do the people who come from here. It's not fair, she says. When questioned by the interviewer about whether or not she's ever though about the pain and suffering a lot of them have been going through to have to flee their country in the first place, she said yes.
What a load of bullshit. Her but? It still doesn't matter what they've been through, the government should look after us first. I sincerely hoped she was listening to the program and heard the stories of two people who came here as asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Sudan, what they've been through and how it actually feels to have to go to the length of fleeing your country, resorting to a people smuggler (because the Taliban ain't gonna let you leave) and to then have to live in what is basically a prison with the constant fear that you could be sent back any day.
I'm sorry but that attitude just makes me so angry as it's just not true, but sadly there is a large majority of Australians who seem to think like this. If anything, the government needs to give these refugees more support than they currently do. They are human beings. Some of them have experienced some of the most traumatic things a person can, they need our care and understanding. It's not the poor children's fault they were born into war-torn, persecuting countries anymore than it's her fault she was lucky enough to be born here to what I assume (obviously I don't know her) is a good family. They didn't choose their life, should we just send these children back to a country where their parents are likely to be tortured and murdered, leaving them orphans, and more than likely destined to end up the same way?
Yes, you get problems with some of them. But maybe we need to stop and ask ourselves why? A lot of people point towards some elements of the Sudanese refugee community as an example, and I say, if any Australian had had to witness some of the things that these poor kids have had to in Sudan, they would think differently and maybe have a little more compassion for their fellow human being.
People that arrive here seeking asylum on boats are even more desperate for our compassion and what do we do? We ship them off to some other country, in the hopes that 'out of sight, out of mind' will prevail and the Australian public won't hear their stories or have to feel guilty about locking up a bunch of people for no reason. When the media is carrying on about all of this, and Gillard, Abbot and Co., are spinning their yarns, where are their voices in all of this? Why are we not hearing from the very people who are coming here on boats? Why?
Where has all the love gone? Why are we so worried about a number of people that in the grand scheme of things amounts to a very small precentage of people who come here each year? Why are people so against helping people less fortunate than them and intent on limiting what is a recognised human right?