UNITED NATIONS – The Obama administration’s immigration policy should come into clearer focus when world leaders gather at the United Nations later this month for the General Assembly.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will convene a special meeting on the refugee crisis, and the outcome will provide a roadmap for U.S. policy.
The Obama administration has been adopting U.N. guidance on immigration, such as the U.N.’s recommendation to “move away from the detention of all migrants… particularly unaccompanied minors, and families with children. Aim to eradicate the detention of children completely … Age verification is not a justification for detention.”
While the United Nations officially differentiates between war refugees and what it calls “economic migrants,” or those seeking jobs in the developed world, its response to the current crisis in Europe has blurred the distinction.
In the lexicon of the U.N., “migrants” is the favored term for people crossing borders. “Migrants,” rather than “refugees” or “immigrants” is how the corporate media describes those flooding into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.
And according to the U.N. view, “migration” should be encouraged, not stopped.
“Migration is a long-standing part of the human condition and, in the globalized and conflict-ridden world in which we live, it is inevitable,” declares a June 15 report on the refugee crisis in Europe by François Crépeau, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. “Migration is here to stay.”
The report goes on to say “building fences … will not stop migrants from coming,” and recommends against even trying to stop them because “democratic borders are porous by nature.”
Instead of fences and walls, governments should construct “legal and safe mobility solutions” and “migration policies that facilitate mobility and celebrate diversity,” the U.N. report says. It declares flatly “sealing international borders is impossible,” and those who refuse to accept this are largely xenophobes and racists who don’t appreciate “difference and diversity.”
Peter Sutherland, the Secretary General’s special representative on international migration, shares that view. From his perch as chairman of Goldman Sachs International and special U.N. envoy, he has pushed for open borders on a global scale, long before the war in Syria and photos of drowned toddlers grabbed the world’s attention.
In 2012, Sutherland told the House of Lords the European Union must “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states. He believes culturally distinct nations cannot survive and “have to become more open states, in terms of the people who inhabit them,” the BBC reported.
Sutherland, who served as the first director-general of the World Trade Organization and has been called the father of globalization, says all “individuals should have a freedom of choice” about where to live and work, whether or not their home country is engulfed in war. This, he says, is a “crucial dynamic for economic growth.”
“Economic growth,” not humanitarian impulse, is the real driver of the immigration policy. Having an ever larger pool of labor available on a global scale for the corporate elites is Sutherland’s mission. Letting this man write immigration policy is like putting a pedophile in charge of a Girl Scout jamboree, critics say.
With populations in Western Europe and other developed nations aging, the U.N. says smart policymakers should be “taking a long-term view and banking on mobility over the next 25 years,” and “make promoting genuine mobility for … migrants the cornerstone of the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility.”
The U.N. report concludes by saying, “Committing to a generational shift in migration policy that recognizes that external mobility can mirror the benefits of internal mobility, will … allow the European Union to truly promote its founding values in its relations with the rest of the world, as envisaged in its Constitutional Treaty.”
The “founding values” made explicit in the EU’s Constitutional Treaty are the free movement of people, goods, services and capital.
As WND has reported, the free flow of people, goods and capital is also the goal of the TransPacific Partnership “trade” agreement being pushed by the Obama administration and GOP leadership.