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  •  If only we could have a more moral policy (5+ / 0-)

    with less disagreement about what constitutes it.

    An immigration policy infused with a small fraction of your empathy for people of other nationalities would be a massive step.  Sadly, nations in general seem terrified of any softening of border-crossing policies that don't provide to those nations starkly obvious economic benefits.

    When I tried to enter Canada with my Canadian girlfriend, I made the mistake of being honest about my intention to seek employment with the goal of living in Canada for a year (all this was seemingly allowable as read on official CA gov't websites).  I was immediately categorized by the border agent interviewing me as a threat to work illegally, conspire to acquire Canadian healthcare & unemployment benefits illegally, and stay forever as an unwelcome parasite.  And the sad thing was that this agent didn't even seem to believe what she was telling me, but was doing it to follow procedure in that CYA way.

    She did proceed to tell me what I'd REALLY need to do to enter Canada on my next attempt, including dropping any mention of working or the dread phrase "live in Canada."  So when I came back two days later, I lied my ass off about my real intent, having learned it would not be believed.  And that comparatively insignifcant problem of mine made me think of the millions of people who are less educated, less fluent in English (& less white) than me, & what it must be like to deal with even legal immigration, let alone coping without legal recourse for fear of deportation, if immigration agencies would really prefer that normal people not immigrate at all.

    The Sleep of Regulation Produces Corporate Monsters.

    by Leftcandid on Sun May 02, 2010 at 05:21:29 PM PDT

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