Posted On: Thursday - June 24th 2021 8:03PM MST
In Topics:   Immigration Stupidity  China
This one is a cut-and-paste job. It's not even a normal cut-and-paste job, as I'm getting this one from Peak Stupidity itself. In this post about that Josh Rogin China/Trump book, I'd mentioned an anecdote coming in a footnote. What the footnote was about was this: "As evil as the governments of the Middle Kingdom have been to their countrymen, they still want to keep the same countrymen at least, and they make a big effort to control who lives there."
I found out that I'd related this story on Peak Stupidity already. It was in our post Banned in Beijing ..., but not at all related to that post itself. That post is from over 4 years ago, so likely all readers here have not read this one. Here:
This is hardly related at all, except my friend's date in the south of China was named Shuping (that's the family name - first name was "Sweetie" or something). Anyway, I was in a hurry to meet them both before 2:30P on the "mainland" side of the border with Macao a few years back, as I would not know where to meet up with the bus to Canton, were I to be late. I just missed getting in front of the immigration man, when a Moslem guy (with crescent moon on his green passport) got back in front of me to finish. Let me tell you, this immigration guy was absolutely not screwing around or being PC by treating everyone the same. He went through every page on this guy's passport with a magnifying glass, back and forth at least twice. 10-15 minutes went by. Well, I got my turn finally, and it took about 30 seconds. Though worried even more about making it in time into the country, I pointed at the guy, said "Moslem?" and gave that immigration guy a big thumbs up. He smiled back.
Luckily my friend meant AFTER 2:30P, not BEFORE, as I looked frantically for gui lao (foreigners, literally "white ghosts") all around the sea of Chinapeople on the other side. Good times, good times, ... and we should import immigration zealots like that Chinese gentleman at the Zhuhai/Macau border, rather than vapid psychology students.
Now, that's a real country, taking seriously who comes in, who comes out, and WHEN they do. They have what's called "exit control", marking people as leaving. This allows them to be sure when people overstay their time limit in China. I know we didn't have a good system like China's on exit control, and I don't even know if we do now. See, that, a decent southern border barrier, and a moratorium on legal immigration are what I'd called a very good start on "Comprehensive Immigration Control". For the traitors like Texas Senator John Cornyn, that term means Amnesty. "Mister we could use a man like Xi Jinping
PS: Interestingly enough, that 4 y/o post had discussion of face masks in it. This was not about diseases though, but just the smog in the big Chinese cities. I've seen this myself, but it was a while back. According to a commenter on The Unz Review the girls are still holding umbrellas walking around in the sunshine. That was always pretty charming.