“Irregular Arrivals” Designated To Target Human Smuggling
By A Correspondent
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, on December 5, announced the designation of five groups of foreign nationals as “irregular arrivals” under the new provisions introduced in the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. Minister Toews’ designation will allow tougher measures to be applied to those who participated in the smuggling operation.
“Human smuggling is a dangerous and despicable crime - it puts lives at risk and threatens the integrity of Canada’s immigration system as well as the security and safety of Canadians,” said Minister Toews. “That’s why we’ve taken action to make Canada a less attractive destination for these criminal ventures. This designation sends a clear message to criminal organizations contemplating human smuggling ventures that Canada will take strong, targeted action to prevent abuse of our generous immigration and asylum systems. ”
“Canada has one of the most generous immigration systems in the world. Our doors are open to immigrants to Canada who follow the rules and wait in line, but we have no tolerance for those who abuse our generosity or cheat the system to jump the queue,” said Minister Kenney. “Today, we are sending a strong message to those who are thinking of using the services of criminal human smugglers to sneak their way into Canada – don’t do it.”
Under the new measures introduced through the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, the Minister of Public Safety is able to designate the arrival of a group of persons in Canada as an “irregular arrival”, and make those involved subject to the Act’s measures. This includes preventing people who come to Canada as part of a designated irregular arrival from applying for permanent resident status for a period of five years. They would also be unable to sponsor family members to join them in Canada during that time.
The measures also:
Make it easier to prosecute human smugglers, introduce mandatory minimum sentences, and significantly increase fines for those convicted; Establish mandatory detention of irregular mass arrivals to allow for the determination of identity and admissibility of migrants and any other investigations; Ensure that the medical benefits received are not more generous than those received by the average Canadian; and Allow for the termination of the refugee status of individuals who no longer require protection — for example, should they leave Canada to return to their country of origin and re-establish themselves or should country conditions change so they no longer need Canada’s protection.
On Asylum Seekers
It has come to this: Canada puts small children in jail.
“They are not jails,” insists Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “In the case of the Toronto one, for example, the main one, it’s a former three-star hotel with a fence around it.”
So Kenney told CBC News when it presented him with the fact that 289 children of asylum-seekers are being held in Canadian detention centres while their parents’ immigration status is being decided. He had no comment on what can been openly seen and photographed: children’s outdoor slides surrounded by actual razor-wire fences, guards, surveillance cameras and rooms with barred windows.
Of the detained children, 75 are under 5 years old, 65 are aged 6 to 9, 55 are 10 to12 and 92 are between 13 and 17, the CBC reported. It would be one thing if these children were allowed to live with their families, but no. Canada keeps the fathers in a separate section of the building. Children and their mothers can visit them only at set times. It’s like a divorce court where fathers are automatically presumed at fault.