An interesting 'compare and contrast' can be considered with these two cases concerning immigration policy.
On the left we have the infamous Algerian terror suspect Ahmed Zauoi who, after a multi-million dollar immigration case, funded by legal aid, now has his family in New Zealand.
The NZ Herald has the heartwarming reunion story and photos .Immigration Minister David Cunliffe says he is pleased the family are finally reunited. However, as NZ First note, there was never ever anything stopping Zaoui from heading back to Malaysia to be with his family.
And this week we saw Dear Leader try to save the life of a Saudi criminal, but the Saudis took no notice anyway and the beheading still occurred.
All this has happened while Kiwi blogger Rick Giles, pictured right, has been languishing in a US jail for a month for overstaying in the USA by accident for a few days.
Rick was actually trying to leave the US for Canada but had to make the crossing by bus as pedestrian border crossings are not allowed. Thus, he asked a policeman for direction to the bus station, and that led to his arrest. As if a known overstayer would approach a policeman!
So there we have it. New Zealand welcomes and funds terror suspects and their families. The prime minister 'personally intervenes' to try and save the lives of foreign criminals.
Meanwhile, her own countrymen languish in jail in friendly countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade may be doing all they can behind the scenes, but Rick still remains in prison. And, yes, the USA will bang you away for a month, should you stay in their country a few days too long. I wonder how they might have handled Ahmed Zaoui?