MP REPORT: Act targets foreign criminals

Colin Mayes supports the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

In his continued effort to clean up immigration and refugee system abuses, Jason Kenney, the minister of citizenship and immigration, tabled the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act.

I will not go into details as to the provisions of the act but to say that the act focuses on three areas that will  make it easier for the government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from our country, make it harder for those who may pose a risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place, and remove barriers for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.

I spoke with a Vancouver police officer a couple of years ago, and he asked me, “When is your government going to do something about immigration?”

He told me that he often came in contact with refugees who had come to Canada as construction workers but instead were trafficking illegal drugs.  The police would arrest them and when the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration attempted to send them back to their country of origin, they would file an appeal to the refugee board saying their life would be in jeopardy if they were sent back home.

The criminals would be back on the street within a few days but the appeals would take months and counter appeals would go on for years.

Don’t get me wrong, most refugees coming to Canada are legitimate.  They come here to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy and to make a new life for themselves and their families.

They work hard, play by the rules and contribute to this great nation and we are not targeting these people.

I am certain you will approve of these actions. I cannot understand why the opposition does not share our commitment to protect the safety and security of Canadian families and have criticized our efforts to crack down on foreign criminals.

Our message to foreign criminals is clear; you are not welcome in our country.