Sunday, 13 May 2012

And So It Begins: The Watering Down Of Immigration Reforms.

This seems to be the life cycle for any amendments to the immigration system.

Some "controversial" yet "necessary" changes are announced with fanfare, I assume, to give the impression that something is being done to restore credibility to the immigration system.

Some time is allowed to pass so Canadians forget about it.

The immigration minister "bows to pressure" from advocacy groups and political opposition and the proposed changes are amended to effectively be toothless taking us back to square one.

From the Toronto Star:
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney admitted he was prompted to introduce some changes toBill C-31 by months of outrage from refugee advocacy groups and Opposition critics.{...}
The Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act makes several reforms to the refugee system and the Conservatives say it’s designed to crack down on bogus refugee claims.
Among other things, the bill would see people designated as part of a “mass arrival” detained for a year before the decision to imprison them was reviewed.
That measure is designed to address the recent arrivals of boatloads of migrants and deter future ships.
Kenney said Wednesday that provision will be changed so that a review will take place at the 14-day mark and then again six months later.{...}
The legislation will also be changed to make clear the government won’t revoke permanent residency status for refugees when the situation in their home countries improves.
The bill, as it was written, could have seen refugees who visited their now-peaceful countries of origin lose their permanent residency status in Canada.
Let's face it.  Refugees are just immigrants by another name and another stream.

By definition a refugee is seeking temporary shelter until things improve in their home country and a safe return is assured.  Not so with Canada's asylum system.  We grant them permanent residency and eventual citizenship on less than the most basic of criteria.  If they do return to their home country they do so with Canadian citizenship in tow.  That being the ultimate reward for an asylum system well gamed you can see how it invites fraud.

I don't know why Jason Kenney caved to their demands.  I don't know why he even listens to these advocacy groups when he has the nation on his side.  Why does he give them so much credence, even in the face of their inherent conflict of interest, yet critics of the immigration system are routinely marginalized?

I'm willing to admit that perhaps at times proposed reforms can go too far but it seems that when amendments are made to address concerns to the proposed changes they are of a nature that waters the reforms down so much that they might as well have never even bothered with them in the first place.

I'm betting Jason Kenney caves on the list of safe countries too even though having a list wouldn't contravene the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees.  Any takers?

5 comments:

foxmuldar said...

Its no different here in the US. We allow Illegals to keep coming in and once their here, they get on the welfare gravy train. Free Schooling, Free healthcare, Free welfare, Free transportation to a job that an American might want. And our Muslim president does his best to see that states that want to enforce the immigration laws are prevented from doing so. Obama continues to bring Muslim Somalis here who eventually want us to bow to their every demand. Too many liberals running the system in so many countries.

Anonymous said...

I see a lawyer is working on a class action lawsuit regarding the elimination of the backlog of 280,000 immigration applications.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/05/17/immigration-backlog-halt.html

Anonymous said...

PaxCanadiana, have you seen the massive immigration propaganda spread in the G&M; calling for 400,000 immigrants/year? Total insanity...

PaxCanadiana said...

I see a lawyer is working on a class action lawsuit regarding the elimination of the backlog of 280,000 immigration applications.

To be expected.

I hope the government continues anyway and not back down like the Chretien Liberals did when challenged with threats of litigation back in the late 90s, I think it was, when they increased the point requirement to qualify to immigrate. It cut off many applications in the system effectively offending many would-be immigrants sense of entitlement and so a lawsuit was launched.

The implication was that Canada has no right to control its border and I hope the Cons will change that.

PaxCanadiana said...

PaxCanadiana, have you seen the massive immigration propaganda spread in the G&M; calling for 400,000 immigrants/year? Total insanity...

Yup. It's on my "to-blog" list. Note that magic 400,000 number. Now where did I see that before? Hmmm...