Friday, April 01, 2011

Criminal Immigrant Naturalization Act

TGB News (12 October 2013): The government of prime minister Jason Kenney today tabled the 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."


West End Bob said...

TGB News (12 October 2013): The government of prime minister Jason Kenney

And Happy April Fools' Day to you, too, Boris!

Scary thought, that . . . .

Beijing York said...

You forgot to mention the sole sourced contract to the same US multinational that runs Canada's new and improved federal prisons.

(No wonder there was no longer a need for the prison farms program back in 2010.)

Dana said...

This is no April Fools gag. It's quite likely.

And the sheep will like it because they will be told they like it.

I would leave if I was able.

Within about a year, give or take, after May 2 this country will no longer be recognizable as Canada. It's been well on the way to that status already but the acceleration that will follow May 2 is going to give us all a headache of monumental proportions.

Leave if you can. The country you thought you knew is dying very quickly.

Niles said...

And go where, Dana? Those 'criminal migrants' were coming *here* to get away from where they were.

I'm really curious to know. Migration has ever been the shaker and mover of the human species -- for good or ill. The growing speculation is that climate change will harden/militarize borders as nations refine their policies on being survivalist compounds. Heaven forfend anyone actually do anything about the source environmental stress instead.

So, where do we physically go from here, when Antarctica is the only continent lacking massive human population?

Dana said...

Niles, at my age I'm not going anywhere. But if I were it would be to Finland or Norway. Preferably Finland - they're a hockey mad nation.

If I were in my 20s or early 30s I would be trying to collect enough money and people and expertise to buy a big chunk of a small mid-northern, lightly populated BC interior valley with sources of fresh water and arable land. Stocking seed, collecting books, learning about power generation, taking firearms courses, buying looms, learning to skin and tan and so on. Preferably with about a dozen other people and their mates/partners, 2 of whom would have to have general medical training including midwifery. Spending enough time in the chosen valley to get it ready to begin moving in sometime in the next 3 years. Establishing a community.