Criminal Immigrant Naturalization Act designed to replace the existing Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act. The PMO released a statement claiming this act "addresses weakness in the earlier legislation" by requiring migrants arriving without official permission or documentation or if already in Canada, are found to be in violation to of their existing visa stipulations, to remain in the country provided they are able to demonstrate a commitment to "Canadian values."
"The government of Canada supports a humane approach to the issue of illegal immigration" reads the statement, which goes on to say, "would be migrants ought to be given a second chance before facing deportation. We believe all criminal migrants should be given the opportunity to demonstrate their adoption of natural Canadian values of hard work, honesty, and economic utility."
Among the most controversial measures embedded in the new legislation are the creation of "residential naturalization facilities" within the British Columbia interior and the requirement of migrants to work until their debts to International Migration Assistance Organizations (IMAOs), or visa violation fines are paid off in full. These "second chance migrants are to be given the opportunity repay their debts and learn hard skills as well as Canadian values and culture through employment in the agricultural sector." Agricultural producers, the act states, may apply for "allotments of migrants during the peak months of the agricultural calendar." The act contains a mix of tax and wage subsidies to help farmers offset costs of housing and feeding their workers.
Opposition members immediately decried the nicknamed "sin act" as inhumane, and a possible Charter violation, claiming that it "effectively creates a slave class in Canada." The Liberal leader declared that "just a few years ago members of this government were calling the migration assistance groups 'human smugglers'!" NDP members suggested that by their calculations the migrants interned under the act would take "at least twenty years to work themselves out of debt" and that residential naturalization facilities recalled a black spot in Canadian history, being "tantamount to the wartime internment camps for Japanese Canadians."