I am having trouble understanding the nastiness – hate even– displayed by some ‘ordinary’ Australians - and some politicians - towards asylum seekers who reach our shores. These people are fleeing danger and persecution and are seeking safety.
What is wrong with trying to find a safe place to live? There is NO queue! So they are not “queue jumpers” as described by some people. If they arrive here by boat, it is because it is the only method of escape they have. They have no other choice… even if it means risking their lives. Why do they have to face further “righteous” persecution from Australians who live in this wonderful country? Surely this country can be shared a little.
I cannot comprehend why these poor people are treated with such disrespect and negativity. Put in more modern terminology, I just “don’t get it”!
And I am embarrassed by my fellow countrymen and women.
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