SOURCE: Sas and Ing

December 02, 2015 15:16 ET

Vancouver Immigration Lawyers Say Alan Kurdi Could Have Been Saved

Vancouver Immigration Lawyers Say Existing Legislation in Canada Can Be Invoked to Provide Compassionate Relief for Cases Involving Children

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - December 02, 2015) - Vancouver immigration lawyers, Catherine Sas and Victor Ing, have published an article saying that the tragedy of Alan Kurdi could have been avoided with existing legislation in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). For more information, go to

According to Sas, section 25 of the IRPA gives the Minister of Immigration and his visa officers the power to approve any permanent resident application on the basis of humanitarian and compassionate considerations, particularly when a child is affected.

"I have no personal knowledge of the circumstances of any application that went to Minister Alexander on behalf of the Kurdi family, who sought to bring relatives to safety in Canada. But I can assure you that section 25 provides the legal jurisdiction to allow such a request," says Sas.

The article also cites a pivotal case from the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1999, Madame Justice L' Heureux-Dube held that a decision maker in a humanitarian and compassionate application made pursuant to section 25 "must be alive, alert and sensitive" to the best interests of a child.

In recent years, Ministers of Immigration have provided special measures in circumstances of natural disaster to permit Canadian families to bring their relatives to Canada when they can demonstrate that their families have been directly affected.

"If we can do this in situations of natural disaster, what stops us in circumstances of political crisis?" says Sas. "The legislation to provide compassionate relief to families already exists, but what's necessary is the will of the Minister of Immigration and visa officers around the world to use the tools available."

About Sas & Ing Barristers & Solicitors Immigration Law Centre

Catherine Sas and Victor Ing, Vancouver immigration lawyers provides a full range of immigration services and is a leading immigration practitioner (Lexpert, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers in Canada). Go to or email

For more information, log on to or call 604.689.5444.

Contact Information