Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 22, 2012 18:56 ET

Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act Earning Rave Reviews

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2012) -

Don Davies, NDP Immigration Critic and MP for Vancouver -Kingsway):

CHML-AM Hamilton The Matt Holmes Show, February 16, 2012

Well, I think what we need to do is build a system that has a fast and fair determination process. And that's something that I'll give Minister Kenney credit for. I do think that's what his intention has been all along. And we all want to work towards that.

Richard Kurland, Immigration Lawyer:

CTV News Channel, February 16, 2012

He's a loophole closer. Finally someone recognized that the open wallet approach of the past, offering free education, free medicare, and a welfare check to anyone who touched Canadian soil making a refugee claim was not the right thing to do.

Martin Collacott, Centre for Immigration Policy Reform:

CTV National Affairs, February 17, 2012

It's [this bill] absolutely necessary. I think on pure refugee grounds it's perfectly sound and reasonable. I think this can be totally justified on fair, reasonable and balanced refugee principles.

Stéphane Handfield, Immigration Lawyer

CHMP-FM Radio Montréal, February 17, 2012

It's true that current processing times are excessive in some cases. So I would really like to hear that processing times will be reduced. I think that would be excellent news. It would be a great thing for our clients-and for refugee claimants in general, who will finally know their fate within a reasonable time.

Julie Taub, Immigration Lawyer:

Radio Canada International, February 17, 2012

I also like the fact that he is going to fast-track these claims, so they do not clog up the refugee system for genuine claimants. I have clients who've been waiting since 2009, early 2010 to have their hearing, and I represent many claimants from, let's say Africa, the Mid East countries, who base their claim on gender violence or Christian persecution in certain Middle East countries, and they have to wait, because the system is so clogged up with what I consider to be unfounded claims from citizens of safe country of origin.

For more reaction to Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, please visit the CIC website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/index.asp

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