“There are new rules in place under this government so I urge you to think carefully about your next decision and to make a decision to get on with the rest of your life and to not remain here and take the option to go back to the country from which you’ve originally come.”
Morrison’s remarks were recorded and sent out to detention facilities in Manus Island and Nauru where tension continues to escalate among immigrants as they are denied access to the Australian mainland.
”You have been told a lie by people smugglers. They have taken advantage of you. They have ripped you off. But the facts have not changed. You are where you are because you sought to come illegally to Australia,” Morrison said.
People smugglers, operating out of their hub in Indonesia, have been luring asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia with promises of permanent visas, resettlement and “kids travel free” promotions to those willing to pay the $13,000 per person fee.
Having reached their capacity to absorb asylum seekers from war-torn countries, Australia’s Ministry of Immigration has given immigrants the option of being escorted home, settle somewhere else or face detainment for a “very, very long time.” The Australian government has even gone so far as to incentivize detainees with reparations up to $10,000 for their misfortune.
The choices are grim. Either detainees face appalling conditions in the detention facilities where physical and sexual abuse takes place at the hands of fellow detainees or they return home to face certain death. As Breitbart reports, many detainees would rather self-immolate or commit suicide than return home.
Human rights critics are quick to rebuke Morrison for his “cruel and draconian” immigration policies. Even Morrison’s Christian credibility has come under question. “I wonder how you can claim to be a serious Christian and take these positions.”
For Morrison ”stopping the boats” and detaining asylum seekers off shore is a matter of national security and criminal concern; at best a forestalling of a public health outbreak. For this the Almighty is invoked by his detractors. Critics claim Morrison will be “judged by God” for his words and for his deeds as truth and the enforcement of immigration law is seen as more criminal than actual human rights violations.
Perhaps the Australian Commonwealth has learned a thing or two from Great Britain’s open-door immigration fallacies. Perhaps Australians would rather side step the possibility of gruesome street murders of off-duty soldiers and the policing of self-proclaimed Sharia zones by unassimilated Islamic zealots. Then again, to the left, this is seen as more of a goosestep.