Who is going to pay for all that? Why should Canada do this?
Should we house, feed, provide health care and educational opportunities to these individuals and then pay for trials to prove that they entered the country illegally, or should we excuse all the people that entered the country illegally and only focus on the smugglers and terrorists ... and for what purpose should someone pay for this trial?
I wonder where you get this idea in your head that they're terrorists, that they're a part of the Tamil Tigers?
Tamil asylum-seekers spark Canadian vitriol, anger - thestar.com
“When the government uses words like smuggling, Tamil Tigers and terrorists, most Canadians assume there is evidence,” said Siemiatycki. “But there isn’t … and making statements like that is irresponsible and does terrible injustice to the people on the boat.”
The Canadian government is partially responsible for stoking this mass hysteria, he added.
So they've found a loophole that gets them into a safe country and out of danger quick as possible?
That's a funny leap of logic.
No. I am not more concerned about money than people. I do question why anyone would want to hold trials for 490 people that entered the country illegally with the hope of determining who were smugglers.
So, you're one that likes to address the person rather than the discussion.
What were we talking about again?
When law makes allowance for personal safety and well being, yes, law is more important. Canadian law does make allowance for the above. Since these people are safe, healthy, well, criminals (having illegally entered the country; not refugees), and able to pay ... put them on a plane, and send them home.
Perhaps you have a link? Hopefully that person was brought to shore for a proper burial (if that is the custom). Is that how officials knew that someone had died, or was this person just an unaccounted for name on the roster?
Funny coming from a person who hates people from the US. Would you have the same attitude if the US was in need and they rushed our borders? Doubt it
Ya, that's about it.
I've stated what I feel should be done. None of it includes worrying about how much, or sinking ships or sending back to face possible death and/or persecution.
Why would innocent refugees face death and persecution? These people traveled on a transport ship in relative comfort for three months. They employed smugglers, rather than fill out an immigration application form and get on a plane. They were economically successful after living for years in a war torn country, and had no reservation about paying smugglers fees.
Forget about the ship, put them on a plane. Give them gratis meals, magazines, movies, newspapers, and drinks to escort them home. Forget about trials ... the guys that stick around wondering what's going to happen the ship are most likely connected to the guys that own the ship ... the smugglers.
Maybe Canada should seize the ship ... turn it into an ocean liner sailing from Canada to the Far East.
CTV news said one death and a burial at sea.
Hmmph! Now the freakin' link works....
All I can say is thankfully you are not the one that decides what happens to them.
Where are you getting this information the they're safe and healthy? And I'd hardly call them criminals at this point. Just simple refugees trying to get out of a bad situation.
Does religion make things "proper"? I would think it would have more to do with the wishes of the deceased.
Where is that carved in stone? Wouldn't it be OK if it was cleared by a Canadian honcho in Sri Lanka, after all documentation was checked and they all had their shots etc. & complied with all other rigmarole?
Tamil asylum-seekers identified as Tiger terrorists | The Australian (external - login to view)
He said most Tamil asylum-seekers were not members of the Tigers, and the number of fighters identified was small. Of these, most were mid-level members and Mr Jayasekara was not sure if they had completed their journeys to Australia or Indonesia.
DD trying to be diversionary? Seems to be a lot of that going around on CC.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
A me too, here. All through the Vietnam war (we lived just a couple of miles from the border), gave shelter, food, clothes, rides, maps, directions to organizations that would help them, etc. In those days Canadians and their government did decent things like that without whinging about the cost.
<To bring this back on topic:> Anyway everyone, especially the 'mericans, seems to want to ignore how on 9/11 Canada, without hesitation or fear of terrorists getting into our country <EEEK!>, opened up its airports to any incoming plane from any country originally bound for the US. There could have been more planes with terrorists equipped with box cutters on board any of those planes. The whole thing cost a bundle in taxpayers' money.
So why no shrieks of outrage about "undocumented aliens/terrorists/refugees", "why should I have to pay for these people?", and demands that they must be shot out of the skies or turned back home then?
We were providing a safe haven to those in danger, the decent and honourable thing to do - every time!