Refugee Denied After Not Being Able to Name Simple Historical Figure
President Donald Trump has spoken about a merit-based immigration system to ensure that the immigrants who come to the United States have skills, speak English, and have an understanding of Western values.
While such a position has sent the liberal media into hysterics, our oldest ally across the pond has a very similar immigration system.
According to the website Humanists UK, a Pakistani humanist who claims he cannot return back to the Middle East because he rejected the Islamic faith was denied asylum in the United Kingdom after he was unable to identify the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle.
On Wednesday, Britain’s Home Office reported that Hamza bin Walayat’s knowledge of humanism was “rudimentary at best,” and disputed his claim that he couldn’t return home because his family wanted to kill him because he rejected Islam.
Humanism is a philosophical school of thought that believes humans can live ethical and responsible lives without belief in the supernatural.
The Home Office is Britain’s government department responsible for police, drug policy, immigration, counterterrorism, and related science and research developments.
In Walayat’s rejection letter, the Home Office wrote that he was “unable to provide a consistent or credible account with regards the main aspect of your claim, namely that you are a humanist.”
“When you were informed by the interviewing officer that he was referring to Plato and Aristotle, you replied: ‘Yeah, the thing is because of my medication that is strong I just forget stuff sometimes,'” the letter added, according to The Guardian.
Walayat argued that he had been living in the U.K. since 2011 and reapplied for asylum in July 2017 after overstaying his student visa.
He said that people who reject Islam in Pakistan — and most places in the Middle East — are subjected to discrimination, persecution and violence.
“I’ve told the truth and instead of believing me they are trying to find excuses to kick me out of the country,” he said.
According to the Humanists UK website, Andrew Copson, the organization’s chief executive, said the decision sets a “dangerous precedent for non-religious people fleeing persecution. The Home Office is simply incorrect to claim that non-religious people seeking asylum don’t get the same protection in law as religious people do.”
But the Home Office isn’t cowering to pressure from those who want the nation to do away with its immigration practices requiring individuals to meet certain criteria prior to being granted asylum.
A Home Office representative told The Guardian, “The U.K. has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection and each claim is carefully considered on its individual merits.”
This case is actually quite simple: the U.K. put Walayat’s knowledge to the test and it turns out he couldn’t name a simple historical figure familiar to just about anyone with an understanding of Western civilization. And certainly a man claiming to be a “humanist” should know who Plato and Aristotle were.
The U.K.’s immigration style is very close to what Trump has been talking about for more than a year.
Trump wants immigrants who come to the U.S. to have skills, be able to speak or understand English, and have at least a general understanding of our values and way of life.
These type of immigration control tests would likely be supported by many Americans.
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