Refugees, Illegal Immigrants and Asylum Seekers.
This policy deals with the many people who in various ways seek to come to Australia separate to, or outside of the normal legal channels, as provided for in our Immigration Policy. There are four distinct groups that must be treated accordingly, and so a separate section will deal with each group and how the Australian Sovereignty Party proposes to deal with them.
1). Refugees (people who have become displaced due to war, persecution or natural disasters)
2). Illegal Immigrants (people illegally attempting to enter Australian territory in violation of immigration laws)
3). Visa Overstays (people who have legally entered Australia, but who unlawfully overstay their visas)
4). Asylum Seekers (people who seek sanctuary in Australia, usually due to political persecution)
As a general rule, the Australian Sovereignty Party believes that the greatest way in which we can support other nations and their people, is for Australia to shine as a bright light in a world of darkness, to become a beacon of hope for all humanity, leading the world by example. We can do this by creating an environment of such glorious and widespread prosperity, freedom, enlightenment, justice, hope, health, longevity and happiness for all Australians, that the peoples of the world will look upon us and cry out for the same, will question their leaders and demand answers, and seek to emulate our way of life in their own nations.
As such, we believe that opening up our doors to allow a flood of refugees into our nation is not the answer, and that we would do better by offering our assistance (only with the consent of the people via our CIR policy), by providing direct material support on the ground in the affected countries, such as by providing food and medical aid. Where necessary, our assistance could also include military intervention (such as could be required in West Papua where tens of thousands of Christians are being butchered).
If Australia is to accept some limited number of refugees, we believe that we should be looking after our own backyard, being defined as some sections of the South East Asian and South Western Pacific areas. Taking in refugees from areas like the Middle East and Africa should not be our responsibility.
However, before an ASP government would ever consider taking in any refugees, no matter where they come from, we must first deal with our own homelessness problem. So long as there are but a handful of Australians living on the streets without a home, not a single dollar should be sent overseas in foreign aid, and not a single refugee should be accepted.
If or when we do accept any refugees, the people we take in and settle in Australia must comply by the relevant sections of our Immigration Policy, with respect to their situation of dire need. They will initially be settled in a temporary community facility, where they will be required to learn English if they do not currently speak it, and they will be required to study and learn about our laws, our culture, and agree to respect and uphold Australian values. If they are not willing to do this, then they are not to be considered genuine refugees. We will take them on our terms only.
Once they have passed all relevant assessments, where necessary, vocational training will also be provided, and they will be assisted in finding appropriate work. Refugees will be expected to assimilate into the Australian community like any other legal immigrant, and will be expected to work and earn a living. There shall be no expectancy of long term welfare payments. Should a refugee flagrantly disregard our laws, they are liable to be sent immediately back to their country of origin, despite their former claim to refugee status.
2). Illegal Immigrants
As a nation that must reassert its sovereignty and independence, it is important to maintain vigilance over our borders. The best policy to prevent illegal entry into Australia is a policy of strong and effective deterrence and security. We must position ourselves such that it becomes known by would-be people smugglers and illegal immigrants that it would be an impossibility to reach Australian shores without detection and detainment.
We will do this by investing in a dedicated Coast Guard, which may share resources where necessary with the Australian Navy and Airforce. The Coast Guard will also form part of an upgraded and expanded Customs and Border Protection Force, which will be more heavily monitoring, checking and securing all ports, shipping traffic and cargo.
Whilst we acknowledge that there are some genuine refugees desiring to escape terrible conditions, illegal entry into Australia is not acceptable; people must go through the proper channels to apply for residency in Australia if they so wish to live here, or be accepted as genuine refugees on our terms. Therefore, our policy on illegal immigrants is ZERO TOLERANCE, and one of detection, detainment and immediately turning them around, or flying them back.
For example, by ensuring that Australia can effectively deter illegal immigrants who attempt to arrive here by boat (many of whom are not genuine refugees but are economic migrants), many lives that would otherwise be lost at sea to unscrupulous people smugglers can be saved. Indeed in reality, it is often safer for displaced people to remain in their country of origin then to place their lives into the hands of greedy people smugglers who have little or no regard for safety, often placing these people onto overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. Therefore the deterrence policy is actually the most humanitarian policy.
The idea is that in due course, no one will ever attempt illegal entry into Australia, as it will become widespread news worldwide that there will be zero chance of successfully entering Australia unlawfully. The moment we uphold a policy of “processing” illegal immigrants and providing them with temporary visas, we would be sending a message worldwide that only serves to encourage many more people to risk a dangerous voyage, who may likely perish on the journey. That is why we must turn them around, so that no one attempts it in future.
As for the illegal immigrants who are currently detained whether at onshore or offshore facilities, every effort must be made as promptly as possible to determine the validity of their reason for attempting unlawful entry. A judgement must be made quickly as to whether or not they should be given temporary visas, or sent back home. They must not be kept indefinitely in these detention facilities. Many of these facilities which are currently run by unscrupulous private corporations like Serco, must immediately be transitioned back to government ownership and operated facilities.
Where there is evidence of illegal immigrant detainees who have abused children, immediate, heavy and severe actions must be taken against the perpetrators. There shall be no tolerance for people who abuse children.
3). Visa Overstays
Most people do not realise that Visa Overstays represent the single largest illegal immigrant population in Australia, being in excess of 60,000 people. In fact, as many as 300,000 travellers overstay their visas every year by several weeks, but most of them are caught and deported. Out of the 60,000+ longer term visa overstays, about a third have actually managed to remain in Australia illegally for over 10 years.
It is a difficult issue to tackle when as an organisation, we are generally opposed to nanny state type controls and regulations which could, if imposed in circumstances like these, help deal with the issue. We do believe an appropriate balance can be struck between proper policing and monitoring of visitors, and compassionate understanding for the people who have over stayed here so long, without realising the proper consequences.
To deal with this matter, we propose to do the following:
1). For all existing visitors who have overstayed, whether for a few months or for over a decade, we will offer a one-time only amnesty that will extend for a period no longer than 3 months. During this period, we will advertise in all the major media, and various foreign language print media in Australia, that for a limited time they can approach a visa centre/ immigration office and present themselves without fear of immediate detainment or penalty.
During this amnesty period, visa centres will be instructed to act with added compassion, and may provide the unlawful non-citizens with a bridging visa to allow them additional time to sort out their visa / residency status. Longer term visa overstay’ers who have put down roots and made a life here, may be offered a permanent residency visa, provided they do not have a criminal history, and meet all the requirements as listed in our Immigration policy.
After this amnesty period is over, stricter measures will be enforced, and better policing and monitoring will be put in place to locate and detain illegal visa overstay’ers, who may be more swiftly deported.
2). In future, to ensure we can minimise the growing number of people who ignorantly or wilfully overstay their visas every year, we will put into place tighter controls, and provide more clearer instructions to all visitors that overstaying their visas will simply not be tolerated. Depending on the demographic and the assessed risk of a person overstaying their visa, a holiday visitor may be required to put down a bond to be kept in trust until they depart the country.
For all non-residency visitors who are granted stays of longer than 3 months, they will be required to present themselves to either a visa office, or a local police station and provide a brief report on their movements and activities (translators will be made available over phone at any time if required). They will continue to be required to do so every three months for as long as they are legally staying here.
For student visa’s, universities will be asked to be more accountable for their foreign students. Working with the immigration/visa department, universities may request prospective students offer up an appropriate monetary bond to be kept in trust until the student has completed their studies, and have then departed the country as per their visa requirements. This bond will be forfeited to the government should their foreign student overstay their visa.
Companies who employ people on a working visa will be required to be more accountable for their foreign employees, and must withhold a 10% portion of their wages to be kept in trust until they have departed the country. (# As a special note, as per our Workers and Labour Unions policy, no foreign worker may be paid a wage lower than an Australian citizen would be paid doing the same work. Any breach of this requirement will be met with swift penalties against the company).
Australian residents who sponsor family members to visit Australia will be held legally accountable for family members who overstay their visas, and may themselves be liable for financial penalties if they fail in this duty to ensure their sponsored family members maintain legal visa status.
4). Asylum Seekers
We will maintain much of the existing government policies regarding persecuted peoples who seek sanctuary in Australia. The only additional requirements will be for the asylum seeker to comply with the relevant sections of our Immigration Policy, particularly in respect to the English requirement, and the requirements to understand and uphold Australia law and values.
With respect to the need for swift asylum to be granted in many cases due to immediate threat of violent persecution or unjust incarceration, where necessary an asylum seeker’s application may be expedited, but upon arrival in Australia, unless they come from English speaking western counties, they will be required to live in special community facilities where they will receive appropriate training and education. They will be then be free to enter the general community once we have assurances of their commitment to uphold Australian law and values, and that they have appropriate employment so that they do not continue to be a burden upon public revenues in receiving welfare.
Under ASP governance and as a general rule, no foreigner or non-citizen may receive any welfare payment or other assistance above and beyond that which would be available to Australians who may also be in dire need.
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