This contributed article from a lady of Armenian background shows that it is not just the Australian-born who are not happy with the current “refugee invasion” and view them as “queue jumpers”. Christelle provides an interesting viewpoint that is worth reading:
Views on boat people from an immigrant
My name is Christelle. I’m 30 years old. I am married and I have 3 young children. I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Christian parents of an Armenian background. I was born in the middle of the Civil War in Lebanon. My earliest memories are of watching bullets fly through the air from our balcony, and hiding in bunkers while the ground shook from bombs.
My parents and grandparents were frantic, trying to relocate us. I remember countless weekly trips to the Australian Embassy. Begging for visas to move to Australia. My grandparents had been doing this for the last 5 years. Finally they are granted! My grandparents make the move and fly to Australia. They purchase an average house in Sydney and my grandfather begins working.
Meanwhile, my parents and myself are still in Beirut dealing with life in war. Jumping on a boat never even crossed my family’s minds. Finally when I was 6 years old, the Australian Embassy granted my mother and I what we wished for. They flew us to Sydney. My father was to stay behind for another 6 months or so. All in all, my family spent 10 years trying to come to Australia and finally, legally, we were able to. My parents worked very hard in Australia to buy a home and provide a good education for me. We are good Christian people.
Now when I see boat after boat invading our waters, the anger that rises in me is extreme. I cannot believe the nerve of these people, regardless of circumstance.
They say they will die in their countries, that they will be shot. Well my mother did get shot once. The police in Beirut accidentally shot at our car once. The bullets missed my head through the back window by an inch. My mothers head was grazed. But still we persisted. We didn’t try to find some illegal way to a better life. We put our lives and trust in Australia’s hands and after 10 years they let us come here.
These people on boats are everything I hate. We suffered for a decade. They just want to jump the queue? What about the other people in the world like my family? That have been waiting for a decade to come here. And they have to wait even longer because of these boat people. My family was educated. Doctors, dentists and engineers. These people cannot even speak English. They are of no benefit to our community.
Our housing is given to them. There are so many Australians doing it tough at the moment, who have been on the housing waiting list for years, yet these people come on boats and our government gives them not one, but many houses? Look at this Captain Imad character. He is a smuggler and our government gave him 3 houses! Three!
In my opinion, every single boat should be turned around. They should not step one foot on our lands. Our Navy should be put to better use and have a stronger hand in defending our lands.
After all, this is an invasion but with a pity story. I have nothing against immigrants. After all, I am one.
What I am against, is people jumping the queue when there are good Christian people out these waiting so that they can legally come here. Whose lives are just as much at risk than anyone else’s. But still they wait their turn. We are a Christian country. Therefore the majority of our immigrants should be Christian too. This is what benefits Australia.
I have worked my whole life, got married and have 3 beautiful Australian children. English is our first language and we do everything that other Australians do. We are proud of our Australian flag and honor our queen. And even though I wasn’t born here, I will fight for this country I love.
No boat people. At all.