Friday, November 19, 2010

Immigration a global issue

The Christian Science Monitor has an eye-opening cover story on immigration as a global issue. It is not just about Latinos coming to the U.S. from the south. The world is struggling with immigration like never before.

Here is The Monitor:

Contrary to popular perception, anti-immigrant sentiment today isn't just about rich nations shunning the mass arrival of migrants from poorer ones. It is poor nations sending their huddled masses to other poor nations. It is rich countries sending people to other rich ones. It is countries acting as transit corridors – switching stations of humanity. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one.

I am surprised this idea has not been raised in the United States, although pro-family conservatives probably couldn't stomach being on the opposite side of anything dealing with marriage:

The Netherlands and Britain, among others, have erected barriers to family-reunification visas by setting the legal marriage age for foreigners at 21 rather than 18 as it is for citizens.

And Mexico doesn't really have any room to preach to us about immigration considering that nation's own problems with handling Central and South American immigrants.

72 Central and South Americans were massacred in northern Mexico, allegedly at the hands of drug traffickers, because they refused to work as recruits for the gang. The case was not an isolated one: Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights issued a report claiming that 10,000 migrants were kidnapped in a six-month period from September 2008 through February 2009.

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