Im the little Thai girl deported with her mother because her step father died of cancer last year has been allowed to come back.
Apparently the pictures of her literally wearing the Danish flag tugged at the heart strings of the legislators and they made a special law just for her after she flew back to Thailand. (I understand this special law will protect others in the same situation in the future)
So, she can get on another plane with her mother and come back from Thailand. All the stress, uncertainty and financial hardship the two have suffered so soon after the death of a close family member are to be forgiven and forgotten. Human rights can be granted at the 13th hour with no consequence for withholding them.
In one of the tabloids the headline is
The Danes Save Im
Which is terribly ironic considering who voted for this shitty law to be enacted on their behalf and lifted zero fingers for the hundreds of children who didn’t wear a flag on the telly news. (One other newspaper had a headline about these hundreds of children)
A broadsheet has a front page story about how one of their journalists rang the ministry about another immigration case and the person was granted leave to remain that day. Their essential point is that the appeals board of immigration is the media and this is problematic if you actually want fair treatment.
I guess I seem spectacularly hard to please. After all, the state did the right thing in the end.
But I’m hopping mad. It’s not about Im and her mum. It’s about a country that slaps its balls into the faces of other countries for being some shining beacon of happiness, tolerance, compassion and all that good stuff while it has laws on its books that are so against human decency that even the tabloid press feel compelled to adopt the most photogenic victim of them as a poster child.
Ok. So we have a special law. The country wants to make amends. Good. But let’s take this as an opportunity to completely overhaul the immigration law so that human rights cannot be withheld and all cases are handled fairly without the need for a photoshoot and a list on the news about how the foreigner is worthy of being treated like a human being by virtue of his or her personality or skills.
Then I will be happy.