And the anchor baby problem, Japan just says no to both refugees and birthright citizenship. The Japanese know that once you start allowing either refugees or anchor babies, an incentive is created for illegal immigration. Japan has taken the tough steps in both cases, it denies asylum to illegal aliens and does not allow their children to obtain Japanese citizenship.
While there were almost 14,000 asylum cases under review at the end of 2015, Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year. The year before that, just 11.
[Japan Leaves Unapproved Asylum Seekers And Kids Born In-Country With Dire Choices, By Minami Funakoshi, Ami Miyazaki And Thomas Wilson, Japan Times, November 24, 2016]
Furthermore, birth in Japan does not convey citizenship on the children of illegal aliens or asylum applicants.
“Since I was born I’ve only ever interacted with Japanese people,” said Gursewak, who is now 17, speaks with native fluency and considers himself Japanese. “I don’t get why Japan won’t accept me.”
The immigration authorities are unmoved. The fact that these children were born in Japan, or arrived at a young age, doesn’t afford them any special status, officials say. “They are under deportation orders, so they are illegal,” said Naoaki Torisu, a Justice Ministry official overseeing immigration issues. “They have no legal right to stay in Japan.”
Nor are asylum seekers permitted to work in Japan, which discourages frivolous applications:
Gursewak’s parents, who are Sikhs, fled to Japan from India in the 1990s. For several years, they lived without visas under the radar until they were put on a status known as “provisional release” in 2001. It means they can stay in Japan as long as their asylum application is under review.
But it also means they can’t work, don’t have health insurance and need permission to travel outside the prefecture where they live.
And most important, there are few Japanese who desire to change Japan into something it is not:
Chiba’s is a rare voice of dissent. Across the Japanese political spectrum, there is broad support for keeping immigration barriers high. Last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the solution to Japan’s demographic problems was getting more women and the elderly into the workforce, not loosening the nation’s immigration laws.
And there is no free medical care for asylum seekers, they have to pay their bills:
With Gursewak’s parents barred from working, the family has to scrape by on donations. They have no health insurance, and medical bills have piled up.
In May, Gursewak fell ill with chronic stomach pains and nausea. Medical tests added more than $700 to the family’s existing debts. A contract with a local hospital shows the Singhs are paying back about $50 a month.
There are even surprise visits by immigration officials to the homes of asylum applicants:
They are also subject to unannounced inspections by immigration officers at their home and face detention at any time.
Even better, the Japanese are not intimidated by demonstrations or pleading:
The Justice Ministry’s Torisu describes provisional release as a “humanitarian” approach. “We do not think the provisional release system is inhumane or faulty. We have no plans to change or reform this system,” he said in an interview.
Japan has taken the wise course to prevent illegal immigration, asylum fraud, and the preservation of their nation by preventing asylum, and asylum fraud, from changing the nature of the Japanese nation. Japan shows how it can be done. One can only hope President Donald J. Trump takes the same firm line against electing a new people.