American Criminals Wasting Refugee Board's Time

American Criminals Wasting Refugee Board's Time
Posted by CN Staff on November 13, 2004 at 12:44:52 PT
By Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun 
Source: Vancouver Sun 
Canada's immigration and refugee board is wasting too much time and money entertaining meritless claims from American criminals, an Abbotsford MP said Friday.Randy White said many criminals are fleeing to Canada to claim refugee status, making our country a haven for drug criminals and others seeking to avoid prosecution or serving their sentences in the U.S.
"We're finding that people who want to avoid the law in the U.S. come here." he explained. "There is no merit to their claims and the refugee board knows they have no merit."But it takes up to two years to schedule a refugee hearing and, once the board rejects a claim, the person seeking refugee status appeals, creating further delays.He said an average refugee board hearing costs taxpayers $2,500. But he estimated that lengthy cases can cost up to $20,000."It's taking a lot of time and money to convene all these hearings," White said. "The refugee board is wasting our time and money."The solution to the problem is to shorten the time between receiving a refugee application and convening a hearing, the Conservative MP said. The time elapsed should be shortened from years to days, he said."I really think what the immigration department has got to do is make a fast assessment," White said.Refugee claims by U.S. citizens invariably fail, he said, but if a person stays in Canada long enough, he can establish a life here and immigration authorities won't bother him because they don't have the resources to chase everyone down."So you can establish yourself -- get married, have a child. They know the game," White said.Even people deported from Canada often return again and again, he said."There's been one fellow sent out [of Canada] 32 times," he said. "He's from Texas."White said a number of those who seek refugee status in Canada are facing marijuana charges in the U.S., where there is harsher sentencing for drug offences. Snipped: Complete Article: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)Author: Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun Published: Saturday, November 13, 2004Copyright: 2004 Vancouver Sun Contact: sunletters Website: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links Drug War Refugees Americans Seek Marijuana's Relief in Canada Men Face Hearing in Canada 
Home Comment Email Register Recent Comments Help

Comment #4 posted by mayan on November 15, 2004 at 00:25:28 PT
Were Free
It's telling that people are leaving the "land of the free" to be free. 
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #3 posted by siege on November 13, 2004 at 15:13:17 PT
Randy White said many criminals are fleeing to Canada to claim refugee status!
OK sir Randy White, how is it that your attorneys have come to the lower states from 
Canada to SHOW the U.S. Citizens how to seck refugee in your country and are helping them to establish there residency there. If you are having a Problem talk to your attorneys first before runing your mouth and saying the majority are criminals you have NO idea what you are talking about. It might be a good idea to get off your buns and take a look at the real world. 
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on November 13, 2004 at 14:21:35 PT
Tell it, lombar
You nailed it dead on, and the sad thing is that there are sooooo many more out there like him. Their version of happiness is causing the misery of people they deem deserving of it. 
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #1 posted by lombar on November 13, 2004 at 14:12:14 PT
Rabid prohibitionists have no joy.
""It's taking a lot of time and money to convene all these hearings," White said. "The refugee board is wasting our time and money.""A joyless existence, more concerned with the money than the lives of people who have been destroyed by BAD DRUG POLICIES. He fights to cage people for using a plant...I wonder if he can sleep at night? (without drinking) Everytime I see this guy I always think, 'old curmudgeon who has never known true joy in life', possibly a scientologist (= completely DELUDED), and definitley a mean old man. Perhaps he cultivates that image to seem more 'authoritarian'. Money is a contrived thing, we can always make more of that, life is irreplacable, time is precious and Mr. White would deprive people of both just to stop them from using a plant. 
[ Post Comment ]

Post Comment