Toronto.- Married couples will no longer be cruelly separated due to a heartless immigration policy if the Harper government respects Parliament’s overwhelming passage of an NDP motion.
Currently, married couples living in Canada who have outstanding applications for spousal sponsorships can still be separated and deported. A motion by NDP Citizenship and Immigration Critic Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina) will end deportations of spouses with outstanding applications until a decision is rendered on their case.
“We learned from the Auditor General that the Canadian Border Services Agency decision-making process is arbitrary and poorly monitored, it’s ineffective and its treatment of those in detention is inhumane,” said Chow. “Spouses of Canadians do not belong in cramped jail cells and should not face deportation.”
On one hand, the Harper Conservatives say that Canada needs more workers and more families, and yet, they deport hard working people married to Canadians.
“There is a backlog of 22,000 people waiting to be deported, and a backlog of 925,000 others waiting to come to Canada,” said Chow. “The Conservatives are adding to those backlogs needlessly, destroying families and slowing down our economy.”
Chow outlined case after case of families torn apart by a policy that contradicts the very objectives of Canada’s immigration system.
“It is absurd and cruel to separate families and cause untold emotional and financial hardship just because of a failure of political will,” said Chow.