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Public Safety Canada

January 19, 2011 12:30 ET

Minister Toews Updates Canadians on Efforts to Prevent Human Smugglers From Abusing Canada's Immigration System

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, reiterated the urgency of passing the Harper Government's bill Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act, following new information which suggests that several syndicated criminal networks are organizing migrant smuggling ventures potentially destined for Canada. 

"We see that Canada is a target for increasingly sophisticated global human smuggling networks and further action is needed now. Our message is clear: Canada opens its doors to those who work hard and play by the rules, while cracking down on those who seek to take advantage of our generosity."

The Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act would complement existing efforts by Canadian law enforcement to prevent human smuggling operations before they leave for Canada. This legislation would strengthen Canada's ability to prosecute human smugglers, deter those who would seek to jump the queue, and maintain the integrity and fairness of our immigration system. 

"Canadians have spoken loud and clear regarding the abuse of our generous immigration system by human smugglers: it has to stop," continued Minister Toews. "As such, we call on all members of Parliament to pass this important legislation without delay and before further boats turn up on Canadian shores."

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