Immigration

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding for Obama’s …

Conservative immigration policies making Canada less welcoming for Filipinos

OTTAWA – Changes to the live-in caregivers program show that Conservative immigration policies are closing Canada’s borders to Filipinos. “Conservative cabinet ministers have long been saying that the number of live-in caregivers is ‘out of control’ in this country,” said NDP Multiculturalism Critic Andrew Cash (Davenport). “They’re now targeting the Filipino community by arbitrarily capping …

WHO asks Canada to justify visa ban for residents of Ebola affected countries

TORONTO — The World Health Organization has asked Canada to justify its decision to limit travel to this country from the West African countries combating Ebola. The federal government announced Friday it would not issue new travel visas for residents or citizens of countries with widespread and persistent Ebola transmission. As well, it has put …

Improving Canada’s caregiver program

Government of Canada announces reforms to end the live-in requirement, reduce family separation and provide more options to caregivers in Canada OTTAWA—Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant reforms to the Caregiver Program that acknowledges the valuable contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and the economy. Changes to the program include ending the …

Ensuring long-term prosperity and economic growth

Government tables annual immigration plan OTTAWA—Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Government of Canada’s annual immigration plan tabled today features this year the highest planned level of admissions in recent history. The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015, an increase of …

Ontario puts an end to joint road safety blitzes with Border Services Agency

TORONTO—Ontario will no longer allow the Canada Border Services Agency to join the province’s road safety blitzes, which federal agents have used to make arrests on immigration violations, the government announced Friday. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca sent a letter to federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney saying that partnering with the CBSA “does not align” with …

Space squeezed border agency pondered putting immigrants in federal prisons

OTTAWA—Canada’s border agency pursued the idea of putting immigrant detainees in federal prison despite concerns about locking up newcomers with violent offenders. Canada Border Services Agency president Luc Portelance raised the possibility with the federal Correctional Service because the border agency feared running out of space to hold people, newly disclosed documents show. The proposal …

B.C. premier chides federal overhaul of temporary foreign worker program

VANCOUVER—British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has accused federal politicians of “tragically misdirected” policies over the issue of temporary foreign workers, as she pushes for the thousands of skilled labourers needed for her envisioned liquefied natural gas industry. Clark took a bold stand in a speech to the province’s business community Thursday, just ahead of her …

Russia upset over Canadian visa denials for delegates to space conference

Canada’s refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman for the Russian embassy on Tuesday called Ottawa’s decision to deny visas for the …

Mexican woman who hanged herself showed no distress over deportation: inquest

BURNABY, B.C. — A Mexican woman willingly signed travel documents for her deportation and was calm and showed no distress in the days before she hanged herself, a Canada Border Services Agency officer told an inquest into the death. Lucia Vega Jimenez seemed to accept the fact that she was being deported and that her …