Have a heart

TO the politicians who play political football with asylum seekers: let’s remember those people who arrive here by boat, the ones we jail for committing no crime, just want to live and not die.

That is why they come from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Burma, Palestine and many other places.

They come often because of the ethnic group they are born into, and the systematic persecution their ethnicity brings upon them.

It is like being born with blue eyes and those with brown, green or grey eyes hunt you down and beat, jail or kill you and your family without any reason other than your blue eyes.

Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention. It’s literally a matter of life and death. Come on, have a heart. These are people, just like you and me.

ANDREA CALLAGHAN,

Fremantle.