Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Defend the Emigrant, Reject the Immigrant

Ecuador, a South American hispanic type nation, has an illegal immigrant problem.

Karma sucks. What goes around, comes around. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Payback's a bitch. And a bunch of other cliches.

La Hora (Quito, Ecuador) 7/1/10 via Right Side News --
"Arizonas" - by Simon Espinosa Jalil

Ecuador, in keeping with its new arrogant and sovereign attitude, has been one of the most fervent critics of the anti-immigration policies of the rich countries, starting from the restrictions in Spain all the way to the criminalization in Arizona. Not only that, but the government, in an attitude matching its official posture, decided to open the borders to all visitors who might want to come to our beautiful land.

The logic is that, if we defend the rights of emigrants, we must be willing to accept the aliens who might wish to enter our country, no matter where they come from or what their traits might be.

The problem, as we all already know, is that said posture was very commendable as long as the country was a land of emigrants, but it has become a headache due to the unexpected transformation of our humble Ecuador into a magnet for the destitute and for adventurers from the whole world. Now we find ourselves in the ironic situation of missing hundreds of thousands of fellow countrymen who live outside the country, while we look down on and fear the aliens who have begun to take their place.

It is, no doubt, a very interesting experience, because it's one thing to defend orally the unalienable rights of immigrants in the First World, but it's another to do so while they are within our borders. Now we have to face the same thing that is faced by countries which are the recipients of illegal immigrants, and that should make us understand that the rejection of the new arrivals is a universal feeling that cannot be condemned in passing with populist proclamations and condemnations.

Many Ecuadorans who most likely have relatives in Spain or in the United States, for example, would heartily applaud the massive deportation of Cubans, Nigerians or Chinese (although, curiously, no one has complained about the hundreds of gringos who are settling in Cotacahi or Vilcabamba....) The logical thing would be to propose a sensible migratory policy, far removed from proclamations and idealistic principles, and one that takes our contradictory situation into account.
The real problem is that there are sensible migratory policies that immigrants are ignoring. Hence, the word 'illegal'.




The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

1 comment:

bernie said...

Karma only sucks when you are on the wrong end. From my perspective, Karma is working just great in Ecuador.