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Chief Kirchnerite Senator calls for an end on naivety regarding immigration

Thursday, November 3rd 2016 - 07:43 UTC
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Senator Miguel Angel Pichetto lays the blame on immigrants Senator Miguel Angel Pichetto lays the blame on immigrants

Miguel Angel Pichetto, chairman of the Victory Front (FPV) in the Upper House, said Wednesday that Argentina has always worked “as a social adjustment tool for crime in Bolivia and Peru.”“How much misery can Argentina put up with by receiving poor immigrants?” Pichetto said in a TV interview.

 He added that “Argentina has to control the immigration [flow], which is very complex and for which there is no reciprocity.”

“There are 35,000 Colombians studying at [tuition free] Argentine universities, while in Colombia there are a thousand Argentines who are unable to study because college is to be paid for.” A recent TV report in mid October revealed that Argentina spends $ 360 million a year in favour of foreign college students.

He also quoted a public hospital doctor as telling him there were no appointments available for the entire month of November because of Paraguayans travelling into Buenos Aires to get cost-free surgery.

“We have to stop being silly,” PIchetto said. The problem is that we function as a social adjustment tool for crime in Bolivia and Peru,“ said Pichetto. ”Peru solved their problem of security and transferred it all to the trafficking scheme: the main shantytowns in Argentina are taken over by Peruvians. We have no control over immigration.“

”One of Argentina's problems is the egalitarian culture, in the form of what is politically correct as depicted by the media,“ he said.

On the other side of the story, a 38-year-old Argentine national who was working at a local restaurant in the Sao Paulo area, was murdered on Wednesday by a Brazilian citizen because he was ”stealing our jobs”.

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  • Condorito

    I agree with most of what Pichetto says, it really is not a sensible policy to have.

    However, he is not right that there is no reciprocity. In the case of students there are similar numbers of Chileans studying in Argentina's universities as there are Argentinean studying in Chilean universities.

    The Argies pay whilst the Chileans don't. The reciprocity is in the quality of the degree obtained. Free degrees from lowest ranked universities on the continent versus expensive degrees from the highest ranked.

    Nov 04th, 2016 - 03:33 pm +8
  • DemonTree

    Actually this guy's complaints sound pretty reasonable. Why is Argentina providing free education to foreign nationals if they don't reciprocate? They ought to adopt the UK model of charging foreign students through the nose to subsidise domestic ones, then letting them stay afterwards and contribute to the economy. It's win-win.

    On the other hand that 'social adjustment tool for crime in Bolivia and Peru' stuff does sound rather like something UKIP would say, so he does seem a little xenophobic.

    Nov 03rd, 2016 - 11:22 am +5
  • Clyde15

    Troll boy

    You continually call us xenophobes.
    What is the word to describe what Pichetto is saying ?

    Xenophobia !

    You have denied any xenophobia in YOUR country and you have advocated closing your borders and getting rid of ALL non Argentinians. That, my little Troll is a definition of xenophobia. Suck on it !

    From a happily hybrid sassenach Anglo who occasionally eats turnips.

    Nov 03rd, 2016 - 05:05 pm +5
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