Proposed Canadian legislation would streamline deportation of foreign criminals
26 June 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney proposed new measures to expedite the deportation of foreigners who commit crimes in Canada. The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act will allow Canada to automatically deport refugees, immigrants, and visitors who are convicted of a serious crime and serve more than six months in jail. Under these rules, foreign criminals will lose their right to appeal the decision of deportation.
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Currently, foreigners who are sentenced to less than two years behind bars can appeal their removal from the country to the Immigration Appeal Division. Under the new proposed legislation, only those sentenced to less than six months in jail will be allowed to make such an appeal. Additionally, foreign nationals who are inadmissible to Canada on the most serious grounds such as on the basis of security, human or international rights violations, or those who have links to organized crime, will no longer be able to delay their removal by appealing their case on humanitarian or compassionate grounds.
"This is a serious problem," Kenny said. "We've had hundreds of cases of foreign criminals convicted in Canada to six months or more of a prison sentence and they've managed to delay their deportation for years and sometimes more than a decade."
Kenney added that the new rules will also make it harder for those who pose a risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place. This would include placing a five-year ban on immigration to Canada for those who lie on their visa applications.
"These measures are tough but fair," said Kenney. "We want an immigration system that is open to genuine visitors, while at the same time prevents the entry of foreign criminals and denies them the ability to endlessly abuse our generosity."
The changes are currently awaiting approval in the House of Commons.
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