Migrant Tales literary: How high must a wall be to contain hope?*

by , under Leo Honka, Migrant Tales

By Leo Honka

No wall can contain hope.

It’s a fact but go and build your high wall

To hide the destruction you’ve reaped:

pillaging riches, pillaging hope

leaving people and whole nations

devastated, without future.

Kuvankaappaus 2013-1-27 kello 16.03.17

Now we’re knocking on your door

With a sentence in the form of a key:

Let us in.

No matter how high those walls you build

So you can’t see us

but you always will.

Don’t fool yourself

High walls will never contain hope – and my despair.

 

*  In the face of higher migration, the EU has earmarked billions of euros to increase border security, according to owni.eu. Plans have are being drafted to use biometric identification, facial recognition and drones.

 

 

  1. PS voter

    You should remember that the alternative for border security is mass movement of enormous amounts of people that western countries social security just couldn’t afford. And that would cause collapse of social security system and slums would start to grow. And the enormous social problems would cause significant problems also to those people who aren’t poor.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –You should remember that the alternative for border security is mass movement of enormous amounts of people that western countries social security just couldn’t afford.

      No matter how high you make a wall it will be crossed. As the US Border Patrol.

  2. PS voter

    No matter how high you make a wall it will be crossed. As the US Border Patrol.

    Still, the better the wall, the less illegal immigration there will be.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      I sure hope you’d stop using the term “ilegal” immigration. I would call them undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants PROVIDE A SERVICE, pay taxes and make a country more competitive thanks to their slave labor. By calling them “illegal aliens,” it’s easier to dehumanize them.

      Here’s some food for thought on using both terms: http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=5002

  3. PS voter

    I sure hope you’d stop using the term “ilegal” immigration. I would call them undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants PROVIDE A SERVICE, pay taxes and make a country more competitive thanks to their slave labor.

    There are legal and illegal ways of coming to a country. IMHO, illegal immigration is more accurate than undocumented immigration. This is especially true because it might be possible to be legal immigrant, but without any documentation.

    And I am not so sure that illegal immigrants pay (direct) taxes, because they try to avoid the attention of officials who could easily notice that they aren’t in the country legally. And things like getting social security number or contacting tax authorities would draw the attention of officials.

    And I don’t think that is desirable that we get some kind of slave labour market, shanty towns, begging etc here. Slave labour makes it difficult for native Finns to get employment with decent wage and shanty towns and begging spread large amounts of nasty social problems.

    • JusticeDemon

      It may help to ask yourself what it might mean to be an illegal non-immigrant. Finnish children who are born and raised without the knowledge of public authorities might arguably fall into this category. Would you choose to refer to them as “illegal non-immigrants” or as “undocumented citizens”?

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