Malaysia Gives Illegals the Boot

Malaysia's drive to rid itself of hundreds of thousands of illegal foreign workers has turned into an embarrassing and lethal disaster. In the last several days, 14 Filipinos and more than 50 Indonesians reportedly died in make-shift border camps thrown together by local authorities to house the hordes of displaced returnees. Most of the dead were children suffering from dehydration and disease.

This isn't the first time that the authorities in relatively prosperous Malaysia have conducted campaigns to eject illegal workers, who typically fill menial jobs in industries like construction. But the scale and severity of the current...

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