UN’s migration compact ‘reckless, unfair, and unsustainable’

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It seems that we have signed… as if it was ever in question. With a Marxist who wants a top job at the UN in charge of the country, we were always going to sign the UN Migration Compact. At least Jacinda is true to form. The real sell out comes from Winston Peters but, once again, I wonder why we are all surprised?

The Irish publication,?The Burkean?has written an interesting article about the possible consequences of signing this compact… consequences we are already starting to see around Europe. quote.

This agreement is the first ever global cooperative framework on international migration. It specifies an extensive list of ?commitments? on migration policy, from non-discriminatory treatment of migrants to a universal right to access ?basic services.? It is therefore quite astounding that in many Western countries, including Ireland, it has barely been considered newsworthy, let alone the subject of a national debate. end quote.

It seems that a Marxist media is not something confined to New Zealand. quote.

Defenders of the pact frequently depict dissenters as harpooning an emerging global consensus on sound and humane migration policies for the sake of pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment. They dismiss dissenters? objections by pointing out that the pact is not legally binding, and explicitly acknowledges the right of sovereign nations to set their own migration policies.

Some dissenters may indeed be tapping into anti-immigrant sentiment, but this does not automatically invalidate their objections to the pact. And while the agreement itself is not legally binding, it is nonetheless a joint commitment to a ?cooperative framework? for global migration policy, in which the terms ?commit? and ?commitment? occur over eighty times.

This?agreement is a classic case of ?soft law? ? a set of principles that policymakers commit themselves to, in a non-legally binding manner, many aspects of which may insinuate themselves into customary practice and gradually become legally binding policy. end quote.

We have now learned that the compact is going to be legally binding anyway. Why bother doing it if members could just walk away from it? quote.

The document proposes that we ?eliminate all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance against migrants and their families.??All?forms of discrimination. Not just invidious, unjust, or arbitrary discrimination, but?all?forms of discrimination.

On its face, this means that any policy that gives special treatment to citizens over immigrants, insofar as it indisputably constitutes a form of ?discrimination?, would be unacceptable. So either this document is carelessly written, or it is advocating an end to the privileges of citizenship.? end quote.

Do you have a shortage of builders? Tough. You have to take unskilled labourers from North Africa, who speak no English and do not know one end of a hammer from another. You cannot select, or discriminate. quote.

Similarly, signatories agree ?to implement border management policies that?are non-discriminatory,? without qualification. What exactly would a ?non-discriminatory? border management policy look like? It could mean avoiding patently offensive and arbitrary forms of discrimination. But it could also mean treating every category of migrant the same, in which case non-European and European citizens ought to have the same rights of admission in EU countries. end quote.

All immigration policy has been ?discriminatory? up until now. It has to be. Otherwise we would simply have hordes of people pouring over our borders. Oh, wait… quote.

In any case, the idea of recognizing a ?human right? to access taxpayer-funded services is riddled with difficulties. Welfare systems do not just run on goodwill or humanitarian sentiment, but on the principle that there is a proper balance struck between inward and outward payments.

With many Western welfare services, including Ireland?s, already stretched beyond capacity, attributing an unqualified right to all migrants to access ?basic services,? irrespective of their legal status, is reckless, unfair, and unsustainable. It is likely to hurt responsible contributors, and unfairly reward free-riding economic migrants who choose the ?back door? into a country in search of a more comfortable life. end quote.

Already happening and this compact will make sure it just gets worse. quote.

To sum up, the global migration pact concluded this week is fatally undermined by its failure to distinguish between reasonable and unreasonable forms of discrimination, its reckless elevation of access to public services to the status of a universal human right, and its overwhelmingly one-sided focus on migrants? rights, to the neglect of the rights of the citizens of host communities.

It is not a question of denying that migrants have rights: it is a question of acknowledging that these rights must go hand in hand with responsibilities, and be balanced against the rights of host communities, in particular their right to have a reasonable say over their own common life, and their right to selectively incorporate new members in an economically and socially sustainable manner.

Migrants must be treated at all times with humanity and respect, but bolstering their rights without due regard to the legitimate interests and claims of host communities will only lead to bad policy, resentment toward migrant communities, and social unrest. end quote.

Thanks, Jacinda and more to the point, thanks, Winston. You could have stopped this. Whatever happens now is entirely down to you.

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