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By | Migration Agent Sydney | 14 Oct 2015

Australia's immigration law's do not discriminate against race or colour.

Amazingly, these are the claims being made by American rapper Tyler that takes aim at our countries policies.

The surprise new song, titled F**k It, sees the 24-year-old rapper taking aim at haters in a spitfire of rhymes, including a reference to Australia's visa and quarantine policies.

"Tell Australia I'm sneaking in with a mic in my damn hand / Instead of the vegetables that I packed in my backpack," he raps.

The track also suggests there were racist undertones as to why Tyler faced trouble applying for an Australian visa.

The rapper's tour was cancelled amid claims his music promotes violence against women and an online campaign urging the Government to bar him from the country.

The Odd Future ringleader questions why the similarly controversial Eminem was granted Australian entry in the past given his misogynistic and violent lyrics.

"When Marshall [Eminem] had this problem what the f**k was they telling him? Is it cause of status or his melanin lacks black," he spits over the acerbic backing track before adding: "I think people love to be mad."

The song also addresses Tyler's recent ban from the UK "for three to five years" based on song lyrics he wrote in 2009.

"Freedom of speech? My freedom was breached / Border patrol put me on streets immediately / For shit I said when I was a virgin," he raps.

Tyler alleged he was "treated like a terrorist" by UK Border Patrol when they declared his music "encourages violence and intolerance of homosexuality".

When a controversial visitor is expected to visit Australia, the Department of Immigration must determine whether there is a significant risk the person would incite discord in the community or in a part of the Australian community, if allowed to enter or remain in Australia.

Persons of concern may meet one or more of the following criteria.

  • Holding of extremist views such as belief in the use of violence as a 'legitimate' means of political expression.
  • Having a record of causing law and order problems, such as when addressing public rallies.
  • Acting in a way likely to be insensitive in a multicultural society, including advocating within particular ethnic groups the adoption of political, social or religious values well outside those acceptable to Australian society.
  • Being liable to provoke an incident in Australia because of the conjunction of their activities and proposed timing of their visit, and the activities and timing of a visit by another person who may hold opposing views.

We are unable to comment on the Department of Immigration's motive behind refusing Tyler the creator a visa, however we suspect the authorities may have relied on the principles above to make their decision.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-13/tyler-the-creator-blasts-australias-immigration-laws-in-rap/6850872


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