Illegal Immigrants or Human Rights?

[This statement appeared in in response to whether "illegal immigrants" is an offensive term.]


Outstanding comment, Reinhold. Thank you.


To: The Editors at DiversityInc
Subject: Comment Submitted For Article: Ask the White Guy: Is the Term 'Illegal Immigrant' Offensive?

The following comment was submitted on the web site for the article: Ask the White Guy: Is the Term 'Illegal Immigrant' Offensive?.

User: Reinhold Schlieper
Comment: What too many people forget is that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes a point of virtually nullifying borders. Article 13 states: "(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country." That article exists for a reason. In 1939, the St. Louis of the Hamburg-Amerika Line was turned back by the US as consisting of illegal aliens: 937 Jewish refugees from Germany. Many Jewish Germans were turned back at the border to Switzerland. Thus, the article. It was wrong for Germany to wall in and ghettoize Jews; it was wrong for East-European regimes to wall in and ghettoize their own citizens; it is wrong for Israelis to wall in and ghettoize Palestinians; and it is decidedly wrong for US-Americans to wall in and ghettoize Latin-Americans. A global market entails by necessity also a global labor-market. Free movement of people is an essential and inalienable right. If we worry about losing some of our wealth in that process, we should perhaps reflect that we have gathered too much of it already and we did so not by some god's blessings either.