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Refugee reforms include fingerprints, no appeals for some

NDP says bill to roll back earlier concessions rejects good legislation

This post comes at the suggestion of one of our readers who comments: " I was wondering if you could do a blog spot post related to Bill C-31 the new immigration and refugee legislation. There's alot of parallels to how the Conservatives are packaging the changes to the refugee system as they did with bill c-10. I've attached a pdf released by CARL, and frankly the changes are frightening and so un-Canadian. I know its a crime oriented post but maybe something along the lines of border control? I'm not sure, but there are provisions in Bill C-4 with harsher sentences and longer periods of detention, which will face Charter challenges. In any case I just think what the Conservatives are tabling is egregious and was hoping you could help spread the word." Here is the pdf.

And here is the story.

New, tougher reforms to refugee legislation that hasn't yet come into force are already drawing fire from critics who say they give Canada's immigration minister too much power and risk the lives of claimants.

Bill C-31, introduced Thursday by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, toughens the measures taken in the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, a compromise bill passed under a Conservative minority government. That earlier bill has yet to be implemented. It was due to be up and running by June 29.

Kenney says he wants the new bill passed by that date and implemented sometime next fall.

The bill will implement long-planned biometric identification — including fingerprints and photos — for people who apply for visas to visit Canada, and allow the minister to select which countries are "safe," known as a designated country of origin.

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Crimbrary always appreciates story suggestions from our readers. Tom

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