Andrew Coyne's piece in Macleans really has my head shaking. Maybe I don't get it but I don't understand his latest.
People willing to endure what the Tamils did are just the kind we want
What? Oh,really! If they go through the proper channels and not deemed to be a threat to our national security or a burden on the taxpayer, maybe.
So why all the fuss? There’s a suspicion that the organizers may be Tamil Tigers, the notorious terrorist group. The Tigers themselves are a despicable bunch, but helping hundreds of desperate people to reach freedom would seem the least of their crimes. Sometimes this is called “human smuggling” or “trafficking,” to give it an unseemly taint. But smuggling implies an attempt to evade detection: this ship, by contrast, went about its business openly. And while trafficking in human beings is obviously horrific when the “cargo” is destined for slavery, in this case the destination is Canada. However unpleasant their conditions may have been aboard ship, the $50,000 each of the Tamils reportedly paid for their passage is surely a bargain, if it means a chance to live in Canada.
Uh,Mr.Coyne, first of all, the captain of that boat has said to be a member of the Tamil Tigers. Secondly, human trafficking is against the law. Thirdly, no it is not a bargain if they are slaves indebted to whoever they owe the money to, being shaken down all the time to pay back their $50,000. Besides that money most likely would go to fund the Tiger terrorist group. No thanks!
Is that the problem, then: are the Tamils, as it is said, “jumping the queue”?
Yes it is que-jumping because they get immediate medical care, processing etc. while others that go through the proper channels have to wait inline for a very long time. They have already jumped the que for healthcare.
Some are concerned that this might be the first (well, the second: the first arrived last October) of many similar deliveries.
Umm...yeah. It sets a precedent and there are already reports that there are more going to be on their way soon. Eighty boats have already been turned away from Australia this year!
A few thousand more refugees is not going to overwhelm us.
How does he figure that? It's costing us millions to feed them, give them healthcare, process them etc. Then what about when they cleared? Many will be on welfare.
Perhaps it will be decided that the Tamils are mere economic migrants. Many people are very exercised about this, preferring that economic class immigrants go through the battery of tests the Immigration Department has devised to predict which of them will flourish most in Canada’s economy. Very well. I have a simple test for this, too. Here it is: have you just spent four months in the bottom of a boat to get here?
Remember the Vietnamese boat people of the 1970s?
Yes I do. That was a little different. Many of the Vietnamese boat people had to have sponsors. I remember,our church sponsored a family. Who is sponsoring the Tamils?
I don't think we should allow just anyone into our country. We shouldn't allow anyone who will be a burden on the taxpayer or a threat to our national security. If Mr. Coyne wants all these migrants,fine, he can take them in and support them with his own money and be responsible for them if any poses a threat to our safety and security.