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Minister’s latest proposals

For this week’s latest installment of my views on Immigration Issues I have chosen to address the latest changes proposed by Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney. The sometimes sonorous, often controversial but always practical Minister has once again tabled proposals which undoubtedly will have a significant impact on the annual income of many immigration lawyers and consultants. In his latest offering the Minister has basically proposed the following for non-Canadians:

  1. Commit a crime in Canada and get sentenced to six months or more and you are gone.
  2. Denial of temporary resident status for up to three years on the basis of public policy.
  3. The ability to allow someone entry who would normally be inadmissible by overriding the rules.
  4. Deny entry if he thinks they might do something wrong.
  5. Removal of humanitarian and compassionate grounds in appealing inadmissibility.
  6. Denial of appeal for those with foreign convictions that would carry a 10 year sentence in Canada.
  7. Five year inadmissibility for lying on an application.
  8. Reporting conditions placed on those under deportation orders.
  9. Automatic deportation for espionage.

Now let’s review these proposals.

  1. If you commit a crime in Canada, why we would want you to stay? Do we need to scrape the bottom of the barrel or are we looking for the cream of the crop when it comes to immigrants? I say nicely done.
  2. I have an issue with this particular item it is too vague and requires clarification of “public policy”
  3. If someone is normally inadmissible, I think there must be some stringent protocols for consideration, before inadmissibility is overridden.
  4. Now this cannot be taken out of context. It is directed at the mudslinging soap-boxer who could come here and incite unrest and hatred. If you wore out your welcome elsewhere why would we want you?
  5. I agree. If you flunk out on your inadmissibility or refugee claim….go home quit wasting our money.
  6. I agree we do not need criminal elements here, we have enough already thank you.
  7. What can I say? “The truth shall set you free”

Robert Robertson
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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