YOUR SAY: Tough love works for boat arrivals

ADDING the true facts about illegal migrants (Graham Wessling QT March 9).

If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labour.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you will be shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed, if you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into prison to rot.

Under the Labor government you get a job, a driver's licence, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidised rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Canberra, billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language, the right to carry your country's flag while you protest that you don't get enough respect, and in many instances, you can vote.

It is the reason why many boat people arrived under the Labor government.

BERNIE DESMOND

Willowbank