Shackling debate no help
WHEN either side of politics kidnaps any issue it is unhelpful and the great debate about immigration is no exception.
Attempting to silence discussion around immigration is not going to make the real challenges miraculously disappear.
It is impossible to deny an increase in population brings more people into local communities. That’s simple logic. Higher immigration numbers bring more human beings, who need affordable housing and ongoing means to sustain themselves.
Planning for their arrival is key. You wouldn’t have 30 guests stay in your home if you only had one spare bed.
On the bigger scale, for the community to continue to run efficiently, it requires thinking ahead into areas such as public transport, roads, schools, hospitals and services. Supplies such as water and electricity also need to be factored into longerterm planning. However, every time anyone tries to have a calm and sensible conversation it is derailed with screeches of “racism”.
In a recent interview, US President Donald Trump said: “The word ‘racist’ is used about every Republican that’s winning. Any time a Republican is leading they take out the ‘R’ word, the ‘racist’ word. I’m not anti-immigration at all. I’m all for people coming into the country legally and people based on merit.”
If people weren’t so blinded by their hatred of Trump they may well find those words ring true. It is not racist to want human beings living in the same country to be able to communicate in the same language and share respect for national interests.
And enforcing a travel ban on countries where ideology directly conflicts with our own is not racist — that is common sense, too.
In short, you don’t invite people into your home who intend to trash it.