Some of my compassionate friends report that the island has been conducting mass deportations of illegals, mostly Venezuelans, caught during GNC raids.
And you know that Venezuela is in no way ready to absorb plane-loads of people in crisis.
Apparently, GNC has increased its presence and doubled its efforts in rounding up people and shipping them out, without due process.
So, what is the point.
The point is that according to international treaties, co-signed by Aruba, any arriving passengers requesting asylum, must enjoy due process, and a humanitarian approach.
Any person caught here on a construction site, must also enjoy due process and a humanitarian approach.
Currently, the exact opposite is true. They are all treated like criminals.
Aruba, an island known for its gentle and sweet temperament, now counts on GNC to help curb the flow of illegals.
And apparently GNC has been instructed to treat the humble and the poor forcefully, in total disrespect and total disregard to their suffering, and the journey they endured to get here.
My friends report that the RED CROSS has been BARRED from visiting the two detention centers, where detainees are DENIED medical help, including people with serious conditions such as epilepsy.
This story is nothing to be proud of. I understand the Bishop is trying to intervene, and point out we are dealing with a humanitarian crisis, not a picnic, and that management should be given the Refugee Convention, a United Nations treaty, as compulsory bedtime reading material, SHE will find out that these individuals have rights, and that nations of the world share the responsibility of granting asylum.
Where is the MINJUST in this story? I always think that as the husband of a lovely foreign-born national, he comes with built-in empathy and understanding of immigration and integration.
I don’t see him living up to the UN expectations!