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Immigration Minister Sinks To A New Low

Immigration Minister Sinks To A New Low

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, is having a banner year. After eliminating the backlog of immigration applications (and hurting thousands of people who had put years of their lives and quite a bit of money into trying to get into the country), the Minister has decided it is up to him to disclose the private information of refugee claimants.

Montreal newspaper La Presse ran a story about two claimants who filed the same claim but got different results. Fernando Suarez-Garcia and his wife Johanna Martinez applied to come to Canada as refugees from Columbia. His claim was accepted, hers was not and she was told that she would have to leave the country with two of her daughters while her husband and their second two daughters would be allowed to stay. She has until June 27.

La Presse told the story of a mother being forced out of the country and a family being split up.

The Immigration Minister’s office was not impressed and a statement from the minister was soon released. The statement said that the journalist who wrote the original story, Anabelle Nicoud, did not have all the facts and her misrepresentation could lead to “public mistrust of the rule of law.”

Stating that the paper had tarnished the reputation of Citizenship and Immigration unfairly, the statement went on to release details of Ms. Martinez’s past and her application, tarnishing her personal reputation.

Dan Bohbot, the President of The Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association (AQAADI) told La Presse that not only is this type of release of information not normal, it might be illegal. Bohbot said divulging personal information is against immigration laws and the minister may also be putting lives at risk.

The release from the minister’s office says the reporter should have gotten a privacy waiver from Martinez so she could have looked at the file, but also claims that Martinez’s file is on the public record.

The Editor of La Presse, Eric Trottier, told The Globe and Mail that each time the paper does an immigration story, they call the department, and each time they receive the same answer: ‘no comment.’ He admits that they did not call the ministers office. He also said that Martinez’s husband, whose claim was granted, also has a criminal record.

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6:40AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

I understand both views, many of our soldiers are risking their lives to help countries establish democracy ....while the richer , educated locals who can afford people smuggler fares escape to another country ...They are needed at home to rebuild the economy ...it does concern me that they are leaving behind women and children and girls that have no chance of changing anything.
I worry about those poor women who sit in camps for 20 years waiting for the legal "official" refugee status only to be bumped for the richer smarter....heartbreaking

6:26AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Lee, can't give you another star, but you called Elaine spot on for what she is.

6:02AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

thanks

6:01AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

thanks

5:42AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Deport him,,,,,any where will do,,,,!!

4:57AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

He should step down immidiatly!!!

5:07PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Robert O., actually Berny P. and Tamara H. sounds just like what they are and that is two clueless people when it comes to immigration. Truth as it often described is stranger than fiction and when it comes to immigration into the United States the truth is off the wall. If you people ever get tired of waving the flag around with false bravo you might want to read the true history of America and that includes immigration. I know that Berny and Tamara won’t because FACTS are have not been their strong points BUT if you want the truth then take the time for the research. PBS has some good videos you can start with.

If this man and woman did not qualify to stay in Canada then that should have been the end of it. However for this man to give out private information still makes him an AZZ HOLE and should be put in jail or at the very least fined half of his bank account.

5:07PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Robert O., actually Berny P. and Tamara H. sounds just like what they are and that is two clueless people when it comes to immigration. Truth as it often described is stranger than fiction and when it comes to immigration into the United States the truth is off the wall. If you people ever get tired of waving the flag around with false bravo you might want to read the true history of America and that includes immigration. I know that Berny and Tamara won’t because FACTS are have not been their strong points BUT if you want the truth then take the time for the research. PBS has some good videos you can start with.

If this man and woman did not qualify to stay in Canada then that should have been the end of it. However for this man to give out private information still makes him an AZZ HOLE and should be put in jail or at the very least fined half of his bank account.

4:53PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

No It's more like that if you are a criminal you should never have been allowed into the country! funny how the truth loves the light shone on things for what they really are! It's not like the guy was trying to be uncivil, it's that "hey don't think of going to another country when you are a criminal" and expect a free pass. End of story!

3:34PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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