The Act party is pro-immigration and that’s okay

Act Leader David Seymour

Act leader David Seymour has made it clear that Act is a Pro-Immigration party. That is fine by me as an Act supporter as I am Pro-immigration.

Today Labour signed on to Winston Peters’ vision of New Zealand and announced its unachievable and dishonest plan to slash immigration numbers. ACT believes New Zealand is a nation of immigrants, and we stand with businesses who rely on the work of immigrants, including those who come here on student visas.

-David Seymour FB

It would be impossible for me not to be pro-immigration since I am descended from both Lebanese and German immigrants. In fact my heritage reminds me of a wonderfully funny non-PC joke from the late great Billy T James. He said he was part Maori and part Scottish so half of him wanted to get drunk and the other half didn’t want to pay for it.

My German great great grandparents were incredibly tough pioneer stock. My great great grandmother looked after a large brood at the tiny homestead in Mudgee Australia while her husband earned money working as a stockman many miles away, only coming home every few months. They were German but they wanted their children to speak English and my father was brought up by his grandmother as a proud Australian. They were Christians and they embraced Australian culture. My father joined the Australian Army and wore the uniform with great pride. All of their children were employed. Many of their great, great grandchildren joined the Australian Navy. A desire to defend their homeland seems to run in the family.

My Lebanese great great grandparents came from a family of entrepreneurs. They established businesses in Opotiki and everyone in the family contributed. My Nana was trained as a sweet maker. My grandfather started a dry cleaning business which he passed down to his youngest son when he retired. They were Christians and they attended the local Catholic church and were part of the local community.

Immigrants are great for New Zealand when they contribute and when they integrate and assimilate. They need to have skills for jobs that our own citizens can’t fill or be business people that create jobs for our citizens. They need to share our values and be both willing and able to integrate and assimilate into our society.

I am glad that Act is pro-immigration because we do need some immigration to help our economy. What we shouldn’t do is be foolish enough to think that all immigrants are of equal value to our society. An immigrant or refugee that brings 3 wives, 15 children and no willingness to work but demands that we bring in his elderly parents and ageing uncles and aunts is not someone that we should let in just because he comes from a country at war. Act may be a classical liberal party but it is also a party that takes balancing the books seriously. Immigration should be viewed two ways. Firstly a cost-return analysis ie what will they add to our country? Secondly, an integration analysis ie are they willing and able to become Kiwis and to respect and share our laws and cultural values?

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