New Zealand Might Soon Need Border Angels

Immigration restrictions are about the most harmful policies around. Resulting almost entirely from the bigotry of voters (voters are much nastier than people) and a false Malthusian worldview , they prevent the poor and ambitious from seeking a better life in a freer country, while also depriving the host country of valuable new people.

Given that I think civil disobedience is an important way of limiting government power, I’ve always been a bit disappointed that nobody tries to sneak into New Zealand. Border Angels and others assisting illegal immigrants enter a country safely are putting themselves at great personal risk to do extremely valuable humanitarian work. I’d love to help out with such things, but there are no opportunities to do so on an isolated group of islands.

We do have “overstayers,” the object of inhumane crackdowns and brave resistance in the 1970s and ‘80s, but there’s nothing analogous to leaving water in the desert to help these people, since all they’re trying to do is live their lives and keep under the radar.

This might be about to change.

The government seems to think that more people will attempt to enter New Zealand illegally in the future as technology makes long ocean voyages cheaper. Apparently, the authorities are working on new ways of keeping the riff-raff out as New Zealand becomes increasingly “targeted” by the “global people-smuggling crisis.”

Sounds to me like decent New Zealanders unwilling to keep migrants out (i.e. forcibly prevent people from entering our patch of land to peacefully trade with the locals) need work on new ways of helping new migrants enter and settle in the country despite the inhumanity of government policy.

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3 Responses

  1. Where do I sign up?

  2. I think the sooner we can get illegal immigrants into the USA the sooner we can get rid of the US government and institute a North American Union the same as you have overseas. Then we will be blessed with more freedom and liberty than ever before. By the US Democratic party giving the illegal immigrants total amnesty every few years, soon enough they will out number the current selfish US citizenship and can vote in large numbers even more members of the Democratic party, which is of course advancing the cause of freedom and in line with other similar parties in other countries, all working together toward a final one-world government of freedom and love for us all.

  3. Brad, its good to see you don’t spend all your time in the cafe! Blogging is a much better use of time.

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