On Immigration and Peace

Even though I’m a liberal, I support countries who are taking a bold stand against illegal immigration and unsupportable immigration rates. Italy refusing migrants landing, Israel deporting illegals, and the US cracking down on entries all make sense and are necessary in my opinion.
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It’s not that I feel migrants or illegal immigrants are bad or evil. I don’t. I also don’t dismiss extreme poverty, oppression, and violence as a reason to seek sanctuary. I do think they are real problems, and it’s understandable why people try to flee them. But I also think there reaches a saturation point, and also a point when the west needs to say we’re done. These problems are real, but they’re the problems of the nations these migrants are fleeing from, and it’s their responsibility to deal with them.
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I believe it’s time for some tough love, diplomacy and intervention, support about this issue. For the west to stop enabling third world problems. For the western world to stop being immobilized equally by fear of cultural invasion, fear of being not being populous liberal enough, or by real empathy for the migrant’s plight. For the world to understand these are victims of their own countries, and the west cannot care for them all anymore, their countries need to. Perhaps a stronger less populous driven UN could help here.
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Immigration is a crisis of today that is shedding a light on a deeper crisis. This crisis is that much of the world has yet to adopt Western-style systems to care for all their citizens, don’t have a fully working infrastructure, and human rights codes. Most are stuck in communism, fascism, or corrupt governance with a morality and systems that are 200 years behind the west.
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It’s time this was addressed by these nations and the global community, as the west is also in crisis, and need to fix itself. For large multicultural nations, a slow stream of immigrants is fine, but more like 40,000-100,000 or less, not the 330,000-one million or so we take in now. And for small, overpopulated, monocultural nations, a ban on migrants, no to very low immigration rates, or one in, one out policies make sense. It’s not xenophobia as the threats to social cohesion and stability, tourism and national industry, the oversaturation of new culture, the need for preservation of greenlands and wildlife, overburdened economy, and the resultant rising xenophobia are real and here. And here at home, being bulldozed by far liberal insistence that all immigration is good isn’t helping, and is what we must now stand against.
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Liberals are used to the feel-good feeling of being liberal as being liberal is synonymous with being kind and caring, in tune. Usually this is true and well earned, but unless thought and care is put into the exercise of determining your political beliefs, they can grow outdated, wrong and harmful. This is true on both sides of the fence, and it’s equallly hard to get both sides to see it.
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Anti-immigration attitudes in the past was racism based. Today alot of it isn’t. Our politics do need to stay with the times or we are potentially, as liberals, going to be as stuck in the past as the conservatives.
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Liberal ideals in place were and are largely experiments. Some need to be addressed, updated, questioned, and some continued as the successes and correct answers, solutions, true democracy that they are. But the far left are rising with liberalism, and pose as great a threat as the far right. We need to speak up and think about this without the social media populous view silencing us and abusing us into silence.
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The conservative side has some right and good points as well, answers that we as liberals should at least consider. Perhaps that would allow us to build a bridge, which would lead to conciliation on both sides, and the recreation of what America and all countries need and had when great, a correct, unified, large majority center made of left and right ideals, answers, and policies. Where the answers we trust and incorporate are what’s correct, not just what your side believes in. Where elections aren’t a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, win or lose, and are instead a battle of focus and personality, win/win situations only.
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There are some left issues and attitudes that have the same potential for derailing peace, progress, prosperity and productivity as some on the right, and liberals can be as rabid and unyielding in their defense of them as conservatives. Perhaps if both sides could see that they are both sometimes right and sometimes wrong, then peace and a unified majority could be created. Creating a rigidly left and right society constantly at war, is war, not peace. We need to create peace, here and everywhere, and its time for that process to begin.
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