A Kenyan Reader Says His Own Country Could Learn From Mexico`s Immigration Policy (Not America`s!)
August 07, 2010, 05:00 AM
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From: Peter From Kenya (Email him)

Re: Allan Wall's article Learning About Immigration Policy From Mexico

You likely do not receive a lot of letters from my corner of the world, but anyhow:

I loved the recent article on VDARE.COM that explained the immigration laws of Mexico (and wondered why the US does not adopt similar laws). While I do not know enough of American immigration law to comment authoritatively on that, I can certainly comment on Kenyan immigration law—which I wish was a little like Mexico's.

This would certainly help us keep out Somali and Ethiopian immigrants, who have swamped Nairobi's previously clean—if poor—neighborhoods and introduced astonishing levels of gun crime in Kenya (I do not have hard stats, but I grew up in Nairobi, and the kind of gun crime now common in the city was unheard-of before 1990, when Somalia's then-civil war forced millions of Somalis into Kenya).

Wishful thinking, though: the UNHCR has a large office and processing centre in Nairobi. Those Somalis in Minnesota who are creating such interesting headlines—such as signing up to work in butcheries and then refusing to handle pork—were likely processed through Nairobi's UNHCR office, outside whose fence one can see entire Somali families camped, 24 hours, waiting for documents to proceed to the US, Scandinavia, Australia, etc. The flood of would-be emigrants will never stop. Of course, while they await their journey to the West, they get by, by engaging in crime and supplying their sons to the piracy network that has resulted in a significant increase in the prices of imported commodities in East Africa, most of which come in by ship through Mombasa—and whose rising shipping insurance costs are feeding an inflationary rice in prices in the region.

Since they will all sooner or later end up in the West anyhow (the ones rejected make it through family marriages and the like), why not dispense with the UNHCR process and just have you lot take them all on board, now?

The writer is an African born in Kenya, who has chosen to live and work in the Middle East because it's safer than present-day Kenya.