Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is lashing out at the judicial system, accusing judges and lawyers of undermining Canada’s immigration process by indulging spurious refugee cases.
In the text of a speech to the law faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, Kenney says Federal Court judges are too often second-guessing legitimate policy decisions, working against the reforms legislators have made to improve the system.
“If we can’t find a way to reduce the interminable process by which immigration cases creep through the courts, slouching from appeal to appeal, the changes will be of little use and the progress we have made will be for nought,” Kenney said.
“We need the judiciary to understand the spirit of what we are trying to do,” he said.
“There are serious criminals we have been trying to remove who have been able to delay their deportation through repetitive appeals for almost 20 years.”
Hmm, twenty years. Do you think he is talking about this guy?
The blog Blazing Cat Fur, a blog I recommend you bookmark and visit often, has more details here including Jason Kenney's speech.
It's clear that when judges and lawyers get involved with the lawmaking process they will guide it to give themselves more power and work. Canada's immigration and refugee determination systems (they're pretty much the same thing) are proof positive of that.
In related news the 500 Tamil "refugees" from Sri Lanka that gate-crashed Canada's western shore last year have so far cost us $25 million dollars. ImmigrationWatchCanada comments on it here.
If all of these "refugees" actually paid $45,000 each, the gross haul by the smugglers for this little venture is around $21 million. The cost to Canadian taxpayers - at the Federal level only - is $25 million dollars or just over a dollar for every taxpayer (so far). Who knows what Provincial Governments are spending on welfare and health care costs for people who should never have been allowed to stay in Canada in the first place.
So, this benefits Canada and Canadians how exactly? The gifts of hosting the largest Sri Lankan Tamil population outside of Sri Lanka never stop coming.