Un­wanted for­eign­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Mr Ostapow­icz’ let­ter (June 16) was on the mark, but missed a few vi­tal points. If peo­ple come to my party un­in­vited we la­bel them gate­crash­ers; if peo­ple en­ter my home against my will we la­bel them home in­vaders. Both have acted il­le­gally and can be pros­e­cuted.

New Zealand wel­comes 750 gen­uine refugees each year. We of­fer them full cit­i­zen­ship rights. It may be a small num­ber, but at least we have es­tab­lished our ac­cep­tance level for those in need.

New Zealand does not welcome peo­ple who re­main here af­ter their visas have ex­pired – we call them over­stay­ers. New Zealand does not welcome peo­ple who ar­rive here un­in­vited – they ar­rive il­le­gally.

Why then does the media pre­tend to le­git­imise such peo­ple by la­belling them mi­grants? Why do the bleed­ing hearts among us think it is al­right for New Zealand to ac­cept what would not be ac­cept­able at the do­mes­tic level?

It is our taxes, our jobs, our homes, our re­sources these il­le­gals are steal­ing.

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