Suggested changes to Canada immigration regulations

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Canada proposed a new refugee law: An immigration bill introduced last week in Parliament opens the door for refugees resettled in Canada to have their permanent residence status stripped of them and for them to be deported, even years after their arrival.

The Conservative government originally introduced this bill in March 2010 that was revised through opposition pressure and passed with cross-party support in June 2010, but never fully implemented.

 So far, the refugee bill (Bill C-31) is flying under the radar for two reasons-:

 The first reason is that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is sucking all of the oxygen out of the national political debate. Mr. Toews disaster of an Internet surveillance scheme, which would permit the minister to appoint inspectors, empowered to enter any place under the control of a communications provider and examine and copy any document they wish, is starting to get the scrutiny it deserves.

 The second reason Bill C-31 momentarily escapes wider public notice is that most Canadians, though not bursting with compassion for refugees, have not yet learned that the new refugee system proposed by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney contains a threat to basic legal rights in Canada.

 If colonial Canada had a similar law this country might never have been built in the first place. Mr. Kenney said more changes were needed.

 Among the changes proposed in Bill C-31, claimants from certain so-called safe countries wouldn't have access to a new appeal mechanism and would have their claims further fast-tracked.

Pregnant Chinese women taking advantage of immigration system: The government plans to crack down on a scam in which pregnant Chinese women are coming to Canada for the sole purpose of giving birth so the child becomes a citizen.

The fraud is mostly based in Hong Kong where unscrupulous consultants are coaching wealthy Chinese mainlanders how to keep their pregnancies hidden entering Canada on student or visitor visas. It is illegal under Canadian immigration laws to lie about the purpose of one's visit. A woman would be denied entry if she told an immigration officer the reason for the trip is to have a baby.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said changes are coming to strengthen laws. Changes being considered include making pregnancy exams a condition for obtaining visas and rewriting rules so that automatic citizenship does not come by being born on Canadian soil.



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This article was published on 2012/03/09