I know that there are many people who would answer yes to this question but I personally disagree. It’s not that I don’t have a heart either, it’s only because I feel they should only gain entry once they have been fairly processed.
Just because they seem to be fleeing from a country of persecution does not necessarily give them right to entry. We don’t know their background, whether they’re murderers, rapists or even potential terrorists. Take those who are fleeing Afghanistan for instance, you would think that once they had made it to India they would be free from being persecuted and they could seek temporary asylum there. Once there they could take the proper avenues to come to Australia legally. But no, they have to travel from there to Indonesia or Malaysia or something and then they are willing to pay thousands of dollars to risk their life on a rickety boat to Australia.
I’ve even heard that they destroy all papers that identify who they are. Why would they do that unless someone is feeding them some crap? The thing is that failure to produce the right papers only makes processing them that much more difficult causing unnecessary delay.
There is a reason we patrol our shores at great expense, and that is to protect our country. When the liberals were in government the amount of boat people were kept at a minimum but under the current labor government they have jumped astronomically and only because they perceive an easier passage into Australia.
If we want to prevent the loss of life the logical thing to do would be to make it harder for them to come over. We have to stop stories of a life where they get everything handed to them on a silver platter. Only if we stop them from attempting the voyage can we prevent the loss of life.
Opening our arms to them would only encourage more of them to take the risky voyage and this only increases the potential for loss of life.
I often wonder why so many of them, once they get placed into detention centers while waiting to get processed, get so upset, that they have to sew their lips together in protest or to go on hunger strikes or to even go to the extent of setting buildings alight? Surely now that they have reached Australia and have escaped persecution they should have the decency to wait patiently while they get processed? We give them food, a roof over their heads and access to our legal system, all at our expense. I would hate to think what would have happened to them if they acted in such a way in their own country.
I have no objection accepting them as genuine asylum seekers once they have been fully processed, but until then I expect them to behave in a peaceful manner.