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UPDATE: Council opposes C-4, the Human Smuggling Bill

No One Is Illegal reports, “As of September 19, 2011, Human Smuggling Bill C-4 has been re-tabled in Parliament by the Conservative majority and is up for debate as a priority legislation. This is despite previous the Bill being rejected by all opposition parties and hundreds of community, legal, health, human rights, and migrant justice groups.”

They highlight, “It is imperative that people are aware of the implications of this bill, and organize to defeat it!”

C-4 is based on an Australian bill that, “proposes mandatory detention without review by the Immigration and Refugee board for 12 months; denial of the right to apply for permanent resident status until five years have passed since favourable determination of the protection claim; denial of access to relief based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, temporary resident permits or refugee travel documents for five years or longer; and denial of the right to appeal an unfavourable determination of protection claim to the Refugee Appeal Division of the board.” The full text of the Bill is here: http://bit.ly/irB3jm.

The Council of Canadians joins with NOII in asking that you contact your Member of Parliament and demand that this bill be scrapped. You can also email your demand to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney at kennej@parl.gc.ca.

An extensive NOII backgrounder can be read at http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=2034.

More soon.