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The case for immigration control: the Australian model

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Apr 4, 2005 at 17:50

The California Suicide Bomber is the product of years of irresponsible immigration policies in the United States and in the western world.


I agree with Mr Pipes in that we need "to keep an eye on all potential Islamists and Jihadists, which is to say Muslims".

In order to achieve that, it is vital to reform immigration and control the numbers of illegal aliens which enter a country like the United States.

For what you know, nuclear weapons could be brought into the United States from the Mexican border. That was not an exaggeration at all.

Australia provides the best model of immigration control in the West. The Australian visa-system is very strict and the Australian immigration-system does not reward illegal immigration.

The Australian immigration-system is selective in that it keeps an eye on potential threats coming from the Islamic world, without denying the best brains a chance to live in Australia.

If the West wants to deal with radical Muslim elements operating in its territories, then it shall adopt an Australian-style immigration-system.

Strict visa-requirements, frequent deportations, controls and detentions are all chief characteristics of the Australian model.
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Daniel Pipes replies:

I agree with Octavio Johanson that Australia has the only thoughtful, comprehensive, pro-active immigration policy in the West, and that is in large part due to the efforts of John Howard. Other Western states should learn from and emulate the Australian example.

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