Friday, July 22, 2011

Migrations / Fernando Dámaso

Migrations / Fernando Dámaso
Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Adrian Rodriguez

Migration, the movement of people from one place to another for
economic, social or political reasons, as well as the periodic traveling
of some animals in search of food and for other needs, is as old as the
emergence of life on earth. These motions have always occurred. In some
countries the population is practically formed by immigrants and their
descendents. The cases abound and are well known. No one, in principle,
is against it.

However, when talking about migration, it must be undertaken legally,
meeting the requirements established by the country or countries that
are going to receive the immigrant. People allow those they please to
enter their homes, and establish rules of conduct. It should happen the
same way with countries. The immigrant should understand, accept and
respect this.

You may wonder: where does this free lecture comes from? The reason is
very simple: in my country, which by the way doesn't welcome immigrants,
the authorities have become advocates for those who emigrate to other
countries, demanding for them, whether they are legal or illegal, fair
treatment and respect for all the inherent rights of human beings.

To speak of the noose in the hanged man's house has always been
considered in bad taste. This is what bothers me about this attitude of
solidarity. Considering that it is not adding fuel to the fire, or in a
malicious way, to help towards the solution of the emigration problem
which, it's important to say, will always exist. In the first place, the
responsibility belongs to the countries whose citizens, for one reason
or other are forced to emigrate (Cuba stands out in this). If favorable
economic, social and political conditions are created, there will be
fewer people emigrating. Cuba was never a country of emigrants, quite
the contrary, it has been one of immigrants. Here, Spaniards, Chinese,
Japanese, African, Lebanese, Americans, Syrians, Hebrews, French,
Haitians, Latin Americans, and even Russians and other nationalities
settled and founded families and created wealth. It must have happened
for a reason! Today, Cuba is a country of emigrants: there are Cubans in
all the corners of the world. It happens for a reason!

The country that receives emigrants and, therefore, has immigrants, has
every right to establish how many laws and regulations it deems
appropriate to achieve peaceful coexistence and national security. It is
assumed that somebody, in an illegal way, will try to stay in order to
benefit from the national laws. Here–the source of rants in defense of
legal or illegal immigrants in other countries–discriminatory measures
are applied, and citizens are not allowed to reside in a locality or
province, or to relocate elsewhere, without proper government permits.
Moreover, they cannot even temporarily visit their families without such
permission. This, not to mention family members living abroad (be they
children, siblings, parents etc.) who, when they stay in their family's
house when they come to visit, must have authorization from The Office
of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, paying 45 CUC (hard currency) ahead
of time for each visit (regardless of whether it is for babies or
elderly). A complicit silence is maintained over these national
aberrations. As it more or less says in the hit song: I have a telescope
to see far away. Perhaps I need another to see up close!

Translated by: Adrian Rodriguez

July 19 2011

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