Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The last acceptable prejudice

My wife is South Korean. We wanted to get her a green card. Because she is Korean to do that we must have the veracity of our marriage scrutinized by U.S. Immigration. She has to have a medical exam. She must have multiple interviews and complete multiple forms. I must document my financial status. And we must pay the U.S. government a lot for this privilege. It takes months to process.

Because I am not Korean I must take an aids and drugs test in order to work in South Korea.

When we were last in Malawi my visa was free, my wife's was not.

Because we are not Malawians we cannot purchase freehold property in Malawi.

For a Malawian to go to the U.S. he must go through a lengthy visa requisition process that only the rich or well-connected can successful navigate.

Governments of every nation discriminate based on nationality. The practice is unashamedly enshrined in law the world over. But like a person's race, or gender, or sexual orientation, one's nationality is not a real choice.

And yet there is no ethical uproar. Why not?