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Wealthy 'ghost immigrants' using empty homes to claim citizenship: tax expert

Josh K. Elliott, CTVNews.ca


Published Monday, January 29, 2018 10:58AM EST

Some foreign investors, particularly those from China, are taking advantage of Canadian loopholes to become ghost immigrants, according to David Lesperance, a tax and immigration consultant with Lesperance & Associates.

Lesperance cites one recent judge’s decision from a lawsuit in which the judge said Chinese millionaire Guoqing Fu bought multiple multi-million-dollar homes in Canada while claiming just $97 in worldwide income on his taxes. The judge’s 600-page ruling in the case was posted online earlier this month.

“That was really pushing the edge,” Lesperance told CTV’s Your Morning on Monday. He says the situation would have gone unnoticed if Fu’s family and his partners, the Xia family, had not turned on each other and exposed their activities in court.

 

Canada’s hottest markets have taken steps to curb this practice recently, by imposing foreign buyer taxes, as well as taxes on homes that sit vacant.

"These were two parties...who fell out and decided to sue each other in civil court,” Lesperance said.

The judge’s ruling from the case indicates Fu “had a large and successful business in China,” yet he only claimed “a miniscule worldwide income of $97.11” on his Canadian income tax return, despite spending millions on three different homes. “This was an incredible assertion given the fact he owns one of the top 10 textile manufacturing and distribution companies, based in one of the biggest textile manufacturing centres of China,” the judge’s decision said.

Lesperance says wealthy foreigners are using these tactics to game the Canadian system because no one is investigating to verify that they’re actually physically living in Canada. He says the Canadian immigration system isn’t really looking at these people, and that the Canada Revenue Agency isn’t focused on them because it lacks the resources to do so.

CTVNews.ca has reached out to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the CRA for comment.

“While they are getting the benefits of Canadian permanent residence and citizenship, they are, like this gentleman, not contributing to the tax base,” Lesperance said. “They’re driving up house prices, they are denuding neighbourhoods of vibrancy and customers for local restaurants and businesses, and they’re not contributing to the tax base.”

Lesperance suggests foreign buyers are pulling off these schemes in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, where their homes are sitting empty despite high demand for housing in the area.

Canada’s hottest markets have taken steps to curb this practice recently, by imposing foreign buyer taxes, as well as taxes on homes that sit vacant. Numbers released by Ontario in December show foreign home buying was down due to higher taxes in the latter part of the year.

Lesperance suggests the solution is for Revenue Canada to start cracking down on these individuals by auditing them – a process that is much easier to do now than it was 20 years ago because of social media and the internet.

“If they do that they will send a shock through this community,” he said. He suggests a wave of audits would force these investors to decide between paying their taxes in Canada or abandoning their pursuit of citizenship altogether.

Lesperance says this has been going on at least since the 1990s, when someone informed him about it by handing him what he calls a “scoundrel’s guide to circumventing the Immigration and Citizenship Act.”

Lesperance says the tactic is not isolated to one particular group.

“It’s not endemic to one particular group of immigrants,” Lesperance said. “It’s just endemic to immigrants who look at the situation and say, ‘It’s easy to cheat, I get all the benefits, the costs are low and they’re not chasing me.’

“And at the end of the day, you get citizenship.”

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Open arms should not mean criminals can stay.

March 20, 2018 4:00 am
Updated: March 20, 2018 11:27 am

Canada is failing to deport criminals. Here’s why it can take years, sometimes decades

By Stewart Bell and Andrew Russell Global News
News: Ordered out but still here: An inside look at Canada's immigration systemx

On Sept. 10, 2003, Faulino Deng beat up a Toronto roofing contractor and threatened to kill him.

A lanky former Sudanese soldier, Deng had only been in Canada 10 months and already he’d committed an aggravated assault.

Because he wasn’t a Canadian citizen, Deng was brought before the Immigration and Refugee Board, which ordered his deportation.

“Canada was offering you a safe haven,” a Refugee Board adjudicator told him later. “And, sir, you have done nothing but abuse the protection that Canada afforded you.”

READ MORE: Canada deporting fewer people for terrorism, war crimes, crime

That should have been the end of Deng’s brief stay in Canada.

But he’s still here.

Fifteen years after the assault, Global News found him living in a Scarborough bungalow owned by Toronto Community Housing. He has amassed dozens more criminal convictions, one for sexual assault, and is scheduled for trial next year on five charges, including two counts of trafficking, which he denies.

“Faulino is a criminal,” said the victim of the aggravated assault, who said Deng and another man beat him until he lost consciousness. Police alleged Deng used a piece of wood as a weapon. “Why they didn’t send him back, for God’s sake?”

Although Deng is under a deportation order, it has never been enforced by immigration officials, and neither have a growing number of others like it.

WATCH: Faulino Deng discusses going through Canada’s deportation process
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Countries refusing to issue travel documents

A Global News investigation has found the federal government has become increasingly ineffective at carrying out deportations for public safety and security reasons.

Removals of those who are supposed to be the government’s top priorities — foreign citizens under deportation orders for security, international human rights abuses, serious crimes and organized crime — have declined by a third since 2014.

Over that same period, the number of deportation orders issued by the Refugee Board on those grounds has remained relatively stable, and even increased slightly.

As a result, a growing number of foreign citizens remain in Canada despite having been ordered out on public safety and security grounds. In 2012, they numbered just 291. In early 2018, there were almost 1,200.

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Global News found some of them living seemingly ordinary Canadian lives although the government has alleged they had been members of terrorist groups or committed serious crimes.

For their part, those subject to Canada’s plodding deportation process can face years of uncertainty, and sometimes lengthy detention, while they wait to find out if they will be allowed to stay.

The federal government may be good at welcoming newcomers to Canada, but it’s become increasingly ineffective at getting rid of those who are not welcome.

“I don’t know when I’m going to leave or whether I’m going to leave,” Deng, dressed in a Toronto Raptors “We the North” sweatshirt, told Global News in an interview.

According to government policy, deportation orders are to be enforced “as soon as possible.” The government’s Level One priority is to carry out deportations ordered for safety and security reasons.

WATCH: Top countries refusing to issue travel documents for persons deemed public safety or security risk

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But those types of removals have declined significantly. Only for organized crime did they go up last year, but overall they have dropped, and the backlog has swelled, government figures show.

“Over the past six years, there has been an increase in the inventory of outstanding cases due to the time required to complete these removals,” said Scott Bardsley, press secretary to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Explanations range from delays caused by appeals to problems determining the identities of deportees. Some can’t be expelled because they’re serving prison sentences, or because the dangers they could face in their home countries outweigh the risks they pose to Canadians.

The government has lost track of some.

“There are a lot of people that just get lost in the wind,” said a Canada Border Services Agency officer who spoke to Global News on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of retaliation in the workplace. “And usually it’s the ones that are violent or dangerous that are hard to find.”

WATCH: Former Sudanese soldier apologizes for past convictions

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But a list obtained by Global News shows the main obstacle is that certain foreign governments won’t issue travel documents allowing deportees to return, effectively making them Canada’s problem.

“The majority of cases within the CBSA removals working inventory originate from countries that either refuse to issue travel documents for their citizens or take a significant amount of time to issue proper documentation,” Bardsley said. “The CBSA continues to work with domestic and international partners to share best practices and develop engagement strategies to address countries that do not repatriate their citizens in a timely manner.”

The list identifies the worst offender as Jamaica, which is holding up 51 deportations of criminals because it won’t issue the required travel documents. Cuba is second-worst, followed by India and China.

“A lot of these people are hot potatoes,” said Chantal Desloges, a Toronto immigration lawyer and member of the Canadian Bar Association immigration section. “If you’ve got people that have been labeled as a security risk or have committed war crimes, their own country doesn’t want them back any more than we want them here.”

WATCH: Canada’s growing backlog of persons ordered deported for crime or security concerns

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Kelly Sundberg, who spent 15 years in the CBSA, believes Canada’s deportation problems could be solved with diplomatic pressure and better staffing of immigration enforcement.

Sundberg left the CBSA in 2008. He obtained a PhD and is now an associate professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary. But he said some of the deportation cases he worked on before quitting government still haven’t been completed a decade later.

“Frankly the number of officers is far too low to manage the caseloads that exist,” he said.

That concerns him because his time in immigration enforcement showed him “there are some very dangerous people who have entered our country and live within our communities.”

The deportation system isn’t working because it’s overburdened, he said. Officers are “treading water” trying to keep up. “There needs to be a concerted effort and a concerted investment in this issue. It’s important and it has to happen.”

READ MORE: Canada has deported hundreds of people back to war torn countries

Canada needs to lean on governments that won’t issue travel documents, especially the ones that are recipients of Canadian assistance, he said.

“There is no excuse why our government is not being more assertive and more aggressive in its efforts to have documents issued and people who pose a risk and threat to our country to be removed.”

The CBSA would not answer questions about Deng.

Every three weeks, he is required to check in at the CBSA enforcement centre near Toronto’s Pearson airport. In interviews, he said he wasn’t sure what was happening with his case.

A former Sudanese soldier arrives in Canada

The government doesn’t seem entirely certain who he is. His name appears in court proceedings and police records variably as Faulino, Fanlino and Paulino. He said he was born in 1984, but Toronto police records say 1974, and the Refugee Board said he also claimed it was 1986.

The IRB was wary of Deng, concluding he was “not truthful in recounting his experiences in Sudan” and had likely altered the year of his birth to appear younger and “excite the sympathy of his audience.”

“They don’t know my situation,” Deng responded in an interview.

On his application for permanent residence, he said he had served in the Sudanese military from 1994 to 2000, according to the IRB. He told Global News it was actually 1995 to 1999.

He told the IRB his entire family was killed because his father was a church pastor in Khartoum. He said he survived the attack and was taken away by the military and jailed from 1997 to 2000.

“They came to us at home in my country, they hit my father, my mother, my children, everybody. They were all dead, they all died, I was shot as well. I was shot by four bullets and the Red Cross just caught me and they treated me and then they brought me through the UN to here,” he said at a hearing, according to the transcript.

WATCH: Ontario man, Faulino Deng, with more than 30 criminal convictions says he can’t go back to Sudan apologizes for past convictions

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However, he later described his father to the IRB not as a pastor but as “a prominent civil servant … an inspector in some directorate in Khartoum.” He later told Global News his father was among the “disappeared.”

Read back the transcript of the hearing in which he described how his family was killed in his presence, he said: “They say a lot of things that didn’t come out of my mouth.” He blamed his lack of English fluency for the discrepancies.

He said the army jailed him for not wanting to serve. A general freed him and someone who knew his father got him a passport. A family friend sold three cows and gave him the money to buy a plane ticket, he said. He said he flew to Damascus and the United Nations took care of the rest.

“I don’t know how I ended up in Canada,” he said.

READ MORE: 32,000 asylum seekers entered Canada, 6,000 work permits awarded, 9 deported: officials

In Toronto, Deng said he took an English-language course and worked for a roofer but his boss wasn’t paying him. “So I went to the guy and I said, ‘Where is my money?’” He said he had been drinking and pushed the man down.

Located by Global News, the victim of the assault said Deng did not work for him. He said he was in his backyard when Deng and another man arrived and beat him until he lost consciousness. A neighbor called police, saving his life, he said.

“I’m sorry for what happened,” Deng said.

In 2004, Deng was sentenced to the nine months he had already served awaiting trial. But it wasn’t until 2007 that he was brought before the Refugee Board, which ordered his deportation.

He appealed the decision but the hearing did not happen until 2010, by which time he had amassed 29 criminal convictions. Assault with a weapon, threatening, cocaine trafficking and more assaults, the IRB said. The ruling rejecting his appeal was issued in 2011 — almost eight years after the crime that triggered his deportation order.

“Parliament has indicated an intention to prioritize public safety and security above other objectives,” read the decision on his appeal. “It has done so by emphasizing permanent residents’ obligation to behave lawfully while in Canada, by removing permanent residents from Canada with serious criminal records.”

He filed an appeal in the Federal Court; it was similarly dismissed.

But Deng still wasn’t sent home.

And his arrests continued.

READ MORE: Canada rejects hundreds of immigrants based on incomplete data, Global News investigation finds

The effort to remove him was sloppy at times. At one hearing, a government official said Deng had been convicted of “obtaining transportation by force,” and explained the crime “probably more commonly would be known as hijacking a vehicle.”

Court records, however, show he was actually charged with obtaining transportation by fraud after he was caught on the GoTrain without a ticket. He was also charged with assaulting the officer who arrested him. He served five days for both counts. Deng said he had been drinking.

The following year Deng was charged with 17 counts of cocaine trafficking and possession of criminal proceeds. He was convicted of three of the trafficking charges. The others were withdrawn.

Upon his release from prison in 2013, the CBSA detained him while it continued to try to deport him.

“The only time he does not seem to accumulate convictions is when he is in custody,” an immigration official told the Refugee Board.

“I think,” the IRB adjudicator told Deng, “it is time for you to realize you are going to Sudan.”

The deportation process

Deportation efforts moved so slowly, however, that while his case was being processed, Sudan divided into two separate countries, Sudan and South Sudan, further complicating his removal.

Sudan is among the countries that does not issue travel documents allowing the return of deportees. Canadian immigration authorities tried to get one from South Sudan, presumably because Deng is a Dinka, the largest tribe in that country.

But South Sudan would not cooperate, and with no sign he would get a passport any time soon, the IRB ordered his release from custody in July 2014 on the condition that he not use or possess drugs or commit further crimes.

“Yes, I promise that I will comply with all the conditions,” Deng, speaking through an interpreter, responded at his release hearing.

He was soon in trouble again.

A video posted on his Facebook page two years ago shows him smoking what he called “kush” and rapping about cocaine trafficking. “I’m in the kitchen, doing operation, mixing up white powder … I’m on the block all day. … Tell these police officers over there I’m back again, I’m back again officer.”

“That’s music talk,” Deng responded, when asked about the videos.

READ MORE: 32,000 asylum seekers entered Canada, 6,000 work permits awarded, 9 deported

The South Sudan embassy in Washington, D.C. did not respond to interview requests. Initially, the embassy told the CBSA it was not issuing travel documents due to “civil unrest,” according to government records. Then in 2015, it stopped issuing travel documents specifically for criminal deportations.

A notice on the embassy website said that “reception of former prisoners/inmates deportees from USA, Canada, and other countries” was suspended until the government developed a “comprehensive policy” on how to safely reintegrate them.

CBSA officers are supposed to refer cases to the Removal Operations Unit in Ottawa when they are unable to get a travel document. Global Affairs Canada may be asked to intervene. It’s unclear whether that has happened in Deng’s case.

Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland likened the travel document issue to a ping pong game that continues until one side concedes. “Question is, how long before someone blinks? Who wins? That person that gets to stay here. Who loses? Canadian society, because we’re at risk. We have a known criminal in our midst that we can’t get rid of.”

He believes foreign policy tools are the solution. “Additional CBSA officers is not the problem. The receiving country is the problem. And we have to squeeze and squeeze hard the interest of that receiving country, in order to get our way.”

“It could be diplomatically, enhanced trade sanctions, or even the imposition of a visa requirement on that country, stricter standards — unless that country takes back known criminals that are waiting for removal right here in Canada.”

Michelle Rempel, the Conservative immigration critic, said the problems needed to be addressed before Canadians lost confidence in the immigration system. “And frankly, I mean there are genuine public safety issues that you’ve raised there that are not acceptable,” she said Tuesday.

On January 24, 2018, Deng’s lawyer appeared in a Toronto courtroom to deal with his five latest charges, which date back to 2016 and include two counts of trafficking in a substance. The trial has been set for Feb. 11, 2019.

“He denies the allegations and is looking forward to proving his innocence at trial,” said his lawyer Robert Chartier.

Shown a list of his crimes and asked if he could appreciate why Canada didn’t want him in the country anymore, Deng acknowledged he had made mistakes.

“If they send me to South Sudan, it’s still going to be dangerous because there is civil war going on there,” he said. “God knows what is going to happen. I would love to stay here.”

He said he sometimes asks about the status of his case at the CBSA reporting centre and the officers tell him to get a travel document. “They tell me, next time I come maybe I’m going to hear something.”

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It should be one strike and you're out - deportation within 24 hours of conviction and no appeal.

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4 hours ago, Malcolm said:

Former Sudanese soldier apologizes for past convictions

I sorry

Now is everything forgiven?

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And with all the migrants walking into Canada ( funny how that issue has dropped off the radar, no updates on recent numbers), the word is out that Canada is a sure thing.

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What kind of government could be so worried about a deportee's future back at home that they would leave their citizens vulnerable to these predators?

This sort of creep can be found operating Country wide and his kind likely number in the tens of thousands now.

  

 

  

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It does not sound like anyone checks their documents anyway.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/canada/man-implicated-in-honour-killing-of-b-c-woman-in-india-mistakenly-granted-permanent-residency/wcm/6948d1e8-16b5-46d4-babe-42716004bcaa

While serving a life sentence, Sidhu applied to become a permanent resident in Canada along with his wife and adult son. He lied about his criminal record

 

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As was recently pointed out to me, in attributing the above quote and picture to Wilfred Laurier I fell for a popular myth circulating in certain circles.

Mr. Laurier did not say the above.  It was Theodore Roosevelt.  Laurier should have said it.  
 

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If this story is accurate...... I sure hope we are real careful re vetting who we may get. Latest update says the Italians have not agreed to take them and I can only hope our PM does the same. They are not our problem and why should be bail another country out?

 

Israel says African migrants to be resettled in Canada, Europe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in some of his country's African migrants under an agreement reached with the UN to scrap his contested deportation plan.

PM Netanyahu announces deal with UN to avoid deporting 16,000 people to Africa

The Associated Press · Posted: Apr 02, 2018 10:57 AM ET | Last Updated: 33 minutes ago
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's original plan to deport thousands of African migrants to what is believed to have been Rwanda or Uganda was met with stiff opposition in Israel and abroad. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in some of his country's African migrants under an agreement Israel reached with the United Nations Refugee Agency to scrap his contested deportation plan.

Under the deal with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Israel said it plans to relocate more than 16,000 migrants to Western countries, from the 35,000 to 40,000 who have arrived mostly from dictatorial Eritrea and war-torn Sudan.

"This is a unique agreement between the UN commissioner and the state of Israel, that takes 16,250 people out, takes them out to developed countries like Canada, or Germany and Italy," Netanyahu said on live television. "That is the commitment the UN high commissioner has made — to organize it and even to fund it."

Netanyahu's office said the "unprecedented understandings" would be implemented in three stages over five years, with much of those remaining in Israel integrated and granted official status.

A UNHCR spokesperson confirmed that an agreement had been reached, but gave no details.

The refugee agency had urged Israel to reconsider its original plan, saying migrants who have relocated to sub-Saharan Africa in the past few years were unsafe and ended up on the perilous migrant trail to Europe, some suffering abuse, torture and even dying on the way.

Secret deportation agreement 

The deal lifts the threat of a forced expulsion to unnamed African destinations, widely believed to be Rwanda and Uganda, with whom Israel had reached a secret agreement. Critics at home and in the Jewish community abroad called that proposed response unethical and a stain on Israel's image as a refuge for Jewish migrants.

The optics of black asylum seekers accusing the country of racism has turned into a public relations liability for Israel, and groups of Israeli doctors, academics, poets, Holocaust survivors, rabbis and pilots had all appealed to halt the government's original deportation plan. Before Monday's announcement, the government had remained steadfast, bristling at what it considered cynical comparisons to the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany.

The Africans started moving toward Israel in 2005, after neighbouring Egypt violently quashed a refugee demonstration, and word spread of safety and job opportunities in Israel. Tens of thousands crossed the porous desert border before Israel completed a barrier in 2012 that stopped the influx. But Israel struggled with what to do with those already in the country, alternating between plans to deport them, and offering them menial jobs in hotels and local municipalities.

Netanyahu's office said that legal obstacles and ensuing problems with the proposed third-country African destinations forced the government to amend its plans and come to an agreement under UN auspices. It said the new framework will include a development and rehabilitation plan for southern Tel Aviv.

A man originally from Eritrea stands outside an Israeli immigration office, holding a document giving him 60 days to leave Israel or face imprisonment. (Derek Stoffel/CBC)

Protests also appear to have played a part.

The government had previously said women, children and families, for example, would be exempt from the deportation order, as well as those who escaped the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur. Those who will leave Israel are likely to mostly be single men from Eritrea — where the regime is one of the world's most oppressive and men are forced into a military service with slavery-like conditions.

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Britons failed to heed Margaret Thatcher warning and now London is falling.

Perhaps they could ban knives next?

 

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A few videos on the topic of immigration - worth watching.

 

 

This next on is 20 years old now but the concept still applies;

 

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Looks like the deal is off.  Good!

 
Analysis

'Zigzagger': Netanyahu's reversal on African migrants draws scorn

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu killed a deal that would have helped solve the country’s African migrant crisis, leading to criticism from his opponents and uncertainty for thousands of asylum seekers, Derek Stoffel writes from Tel Aviv.

While there have been protests supporting Africans, most Israelis want them deported, survey suggests

 
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Derek Stoffel · CBC News · Posted: Apr 04, 2018 11:03 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

The flip-flop by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, killing an agreement to resettle thousands of African asylum seekers to Western nations, appeared to shock the United Nations and the international community. But the reversal shouldn't be all that surprising.

While Israel has struggled for years with the moral question of what to do with nearly 40,000 African migrants living here, their supporters within the Jewish state are a minority, polling suggests.

And the man behind the capitulation — Prime Minister Netanyahu — has a history of changing his mind in the face of public pressure. He shelved plans for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall last summer and then backed down on placing metal detectors at a holy site, both in Jerusalem's Old City.

It seems Netanyahu is more willing to risk one or two news cycles as a flip-flopper than to alienate his base by protecting thousands of asylum seekers from Africa. His position led the left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz to write: "What we saw in the last 24 hours is a parody of a prime minister."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement with the UN's refugee agency on African migrants on Monday. He killed it a day later. (Reuters)

Israel's government views the Africans not as asylum seekers but as economic "infiltrators" in the country, illegally looking for work. The authorities began handing out notices of deportation earlier this year, giving thousands of African men a stark choice: be deported to an African nation with a cheque for $3,500 US or be sent to an Israeli prison.

The plan was halted temporarily last month by Israel's Supreme Court, which put pressure on the government to find a solution.

On Monday afternoon, Netanyahu announced an "unprecedented understanding" with the UN's refugee agency that would settle 16,250 asylum seekers in Western countries. The prime minister mentioned Canada as one possible destination. 

The migrants and their supporters celebrated news of the deal with the UN, with one refugees advocate calling it "a great relief" that will "save the lives of people."

African asylum seekers living in Israel attended a protest against the government's deportation plan in February. (Derek Stoffel/CBC)

More controversially, however, the plan would have also allowed another 16,250 asylum seekers to remain in Israel.

Catching many in the prime minister's right-wing coalition government off guard, politicians and anti-immigration activists took to social media to denounce Netanyahu's deal.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also leads the far-right Jewish Home party, denounced the agreement on Twitter, saying it "will turn Israel into a paradise for infiltrators." He called on the government to return to the original deportation plan, which he called "moral and fair."

Opposition to the agreement also came from residents of South Tel Aviv, where thousands of African migrants now live. Israelis who live in the area say they've changed the makeup of their neighbourhood, and many want the Africans out.

Israeli residents of South Tel Aviv say an influx of Africans has changed the nature of their neighbourhood. Many back the government's deportation plans. (Derek Stoffel/CBC)

"Yes, they should go," said Yosef Masiach, who lives in South Tel Aviv. "At night here, it's like Harlem."

Earlier this year, Masiach told CBC News: "The migrants are problematic; they don't have enough work, so they cause trouble for us here."

Netanyahu met with community representatives in Jerusalem on Tuesday, and killed the agreement with the UN just hours later, after "reevaluating the advantages and disadvantages" of the deal.

"Despite the growing legal and international limitation, we will continue to act to work with determination to exhaust all possibilities at our disposal to remove the infiltrators," the prime minister continued.

UN to Israel: reconsider deal

The United Nations expressed "disappointment" with Netanyahu's decision to scrap the deal, urging the prime minister to reconsider.

"UNHCR continues to believe that a win-win agreement that would both benefit Israel and people needing asylum is in everyone's best interests," said a statement from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. 

The asylum seekers have enjoyed support from many Israelis, who have held several large protest rallies in Tel Aviv, demanding they be allowed to stay. 

Holocaust survivors wrote the prime minister, urging him to "do the Jewish thing" and allow the Africans to remain. "Only you have the ability to make a historic decision and show the world that the Jewish state will not allow the suffering and torture of people under its protection."

But an opinion poll done earlier this year suggested 69 per cent of Jewish Israelis backed the government's deportation plan, with 60 per cent of respondents dismissing the idea that Israel, the state where the Jewish people sought refuge from persecution, should show greater generosity to asylum seekers than other groups.

'Slap in the face'

Netanyahu's reversals drew condemnation from opposition parties. Michal Rozin, a Knesset member from the left-wing Meretz party, calling the prime minister "a coward, a zigzagger."

"This is a slap in the face to international agencies, to the residents of southern Tel Aviv and to asylum seekers," she said.

For the asylum seekers, it's been a week of whiplash developments that once again left their futures in deep uncertainty.

"It's a serious decision for the continuation of our lives," said Muluebrhan Mesgna, who came to Israel seven years to escape the authoritarian regime in Eritrea. "I'm very sad now."

Muluebrhan Mesgna, an asylum seeker originally from Eritrea, has lived in Israel for seven years. He attended a protest in February. (Derek Stoffel/CBC)

Mesgna was given a notice of deportation in February. Rather than risk being returned to Africa — where he fears he would eventually be sent to Eritrea, possibly to face a prison sentence for evading national military service — Mesgna said he'd rather be jailed in Israel.

The 30-year-old works up to seven days a week in the kitchen of a Tel Aviv restaurant. He lives with his wife in a small one-bedroom apartment in the suburb of Petah Tikva.

While Mesgna says he has felt welcomed by some Israelis, the same cannot be said of the government.

"We are in fear. We are afraid that they want to deport us, or imprison us."

Story Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-africans-netanyahu-reversal-stoffel-1.4604219?cmp=rss

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2 hours ago, PilotsWife said:

@seeker Never heard it explained by gumballs that way.  But sure makes sense.

Thanks.  Yes, it is a very dramatic presentation but there are some problems with it.  First of all the number of people living in poverty has fallen significantly since the video was made.  From to the World Bank:

 According to the most recent estimates, in 2013, 10.7 percent of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day, compared to 12.4 percent in 2012. That’s down from 35 percent in 1990. 

Nearly 1.1 billion people have moved out of extreme poverty since 1990. In 2013, 767 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day, down from 1.85 billion in 1990. 

Secondly, it's a specious to say that bringing in a million immigrants doesn't make a difference - it certainly makes a difference to the million you brought in (cue the story about the girl and the starfish).  The counter-argument that you could help more than a million in their own countries for the same money might be true but that brings up the question of whether it's better to give a lot of help to a million or a little bit of help to 100 million people.  Which reduces suffering by the greatest amount?

Another consideration is the "weaponization" of immigration.  This is a long read but worth a quick look;

https://calhoun.nps.edu/bitstream/handle/10945/11515/SI_V9_I1_2010_Greenhill_116.pdf

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"Coercive engineered migrations (or coercion-driven migrations) are “those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states"

The article could be updated today to include the best demonstration of the 'weaponization of migration' in history, the Islamic Hegira into Western Europe.

 

 

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Is this evidence of Trudeau’s come one come all migrant policy of walking in to the country??

Criminals were targeting high-end items. But the lucrative enterprise came crashing down thanks to some high-end policing.

Sure a ring of accused criminals from Chile may have allegedly netted $2.7-million in stolen rings, watches, purses and cash. But 14 people now find themselves behind bars charged with 69 charges.

enforcement and  intelligence operations branch director with the Canada Border Services Agency — said he expects deportation orders will be carried out after the completion of criminal proceedings

http://torontosun.com/news/crime/warmington-halton-police-swoop-down-on-alleged-crime-ring

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"Gang-bangers bypass all these requirements, of course. This is why they are called criminals as opposed to law-abiding gun owners."

 

Which explains all the gun controls they force on 'law-abiding' people???<_<

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April 16, 2018 8:41 am
Updated: April 16, 2018 8:50 am

Trudeau Liberals to overhaul ‘discriminatory’ immigration law targeting people with disabilities

By Brian Hill and Andrew Russell Global News
 

On Monday, immigration minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to medical inadmissibility provisions to make it far easier for persons with disabilities and their family members to immigrate to Canada.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has announced major changes to Canada’s immigration policy that will make it far easier for persons with disabilities and their family members to immigrate to Canada.

Delivered early Monday morning in the foyer of the House of Commons, the announcement by Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, comes after months of reporting by Global News that exposed major flaws with the way Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada handles permanent residency applications for persons with disabilities. This included allegations immigration officials were either breaking the law or not properly implementing their own policies when denying certain applicants.

Known as “medical inadmissibility” due to excessive demand, the law, as currently written, allows the government to deny people residency in Canada because they or an immediate family member have a disability or medical condition that could place “excessive demand” on publicly funded health and social service programs. This often means denying residency to parents whose children have disabilities.

READ MORE: Canada rejects hundreds of immigrants based on incomplete data, Global News investigation finds

The changes announced Monday, however, mean the government will no longer consider certain social service spending when deciding if someone can immigrate to Canada, particularly social service spending related to special education needs.

This decision is especially meaningful to potential — and otherwise viable — immigrants whose children have intellectual disabilities – such as autism or Down syndrome – because it means their applications will no longer be denied due to special education needs and other social service spending that could be required once they arrive in Canada.

Hussen said the changes will take effect immediately. Families whose applications have been denied in the past due to special education costs related to a child’s disability will need to reapply if they wish to be considered under the new rules.

As Global News first reported, these types of cases make up roughly one-third of all applicants denied permanent residency because of excessive demand. Hussen added that with the new changes, roughly 75 per cent of all cases denied in the past will now be accepted – that equals roughly 750 applications a year.

Gov’t plan triples cost threshold used to deny based on medical condition

In addition to eliminating special education costs as a barrier to immigration, Hussen announced the government plans to triple the cost threshold used to deny applicants whose medical conditions could result in health-care costs once they arrive in Canada.

Currently set at $6,655 a year, which the government says was the average per-capita health and social service spending in Canada in 2016, the new limit for denying residency because of medical costs will be closer to $20,000 a year once the changes are implemented.

Hussen did not provide details on who will pay for the additional medical costs – the provinces or the federal government. He did, however, say he is working closely with the provinces and territories to find a solution and that his office will monitor the impact of these changes on public health care services. He added that much of the funding for health care spending in Canada already comes from the federal government in the form of health and social service transfers to the provinces.

WATCH: Canada’s immigration minister considers scrapping ‘discriminatory’ law that rejects immigrants

Immigration Minister considering repeal of ‘unjust’ immigration law

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While the new rules could still see some applicants denied residency due to medical expenses – such as elderly parents with serious health care needs trying to be reunited with their children in Canada – the changes announced Monday mean conditions such as HIV/AIDS and many forms of heart disease will no longer be a major obstacle to immigration because the cost of treating these illnesses is typically far less than the new cost threshold for excessive demand.

Global News exposes major problems, keeps families together

Monday’s announcement by Hussen reverses a 40-year-old policy that many legal experts have said discriminates against persons with disabilities and their family members. It comes after the Global News’ series Inadmissible, which revealed serious problems with the way Immigration Canada administers the excessive demand policy.

Over an eight-month period, the series exposed the devastating impact of the policy on hard-working people from across the country, many of whom have been in Canada for years, separated from their families, paying taxes and contributing to Canadian society.

The decision to change the policy also follows a Parliamentary committee report that last December recommended the government repeal Section 38-1-C of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the section of the law that deals with medical inadmissibility due to excessive demand.

Liberal MP Rob Oliphant chairs the committee. In his report, Oliphant said the cost of granting residency to all those denied due to excessive demand was minuscule, representing just 0.1 per cent of what Canada spends on health care each year. He also acknowledged the many contributions made by Global News toward exposing systemic problems with the law.

“Witnesses [who appeared before the committee] referred to the significant investigative journalism that Global News had undertaken, which brought to light a range of significant concerns regarding Section 38-1-C and its application,” he wrote.

READ MORE: Immigration Canada ‘breaking the law,’ when denying some disabled applicants, say legal experts

Several families profiled by Global News who were denied permanent residency because of a child’s disability had the decisions in their case reversed. Hussen specifically mentioned these families in his announcement Monday, saying cases like theirs were a driving factor behind the government’s decision.

These families included Mercedes Benitez, a Filipino caregiver living in Toronto whose 18-year-old son, Harold, has Down syndrome and has been separated from his mother for a decade. It also includes Jon and Karissa Warkentin, who were denied permanent residency because their six-year-old daughter, Karalynn, has a mild intellectual disability.

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“In 2017, more than 25,000 asylum seekers crossed into Quebec — 75 per cent of them walked across the border illegally at places like Roxham Road where there is no official checkpoint.

At the height of the summer, an average of 225 people were crossing into Quebec daily.

Already in 2018, there's been a significant year over year increase. More than 6,600 people entered the province since Jan.1 and projections show that number could hit 400 people a day by the summer, Heurtel said.

“The Quebec government says it's unable to handle the droves of asylum seekers who continue to cross into the province and is calling on the federal government for help.”

“Starting April 24, the government said it will not take in any more asylum seekers who did not come into the province through a legal border checkpoint, once 85 per cent of the 1850 daily places available in the temporary housing centres is reached.”

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-asylum-seekers-1.4621575

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

“In 2017, more than 25,000 asylum seekers crossed into Quebec — 75 per cent of them walked across the border illegally at places like Roxham Road where there is no official checkpoint.

At the height of the summer, an average of 225 people were crossing into Quebec daily.

Already in 2018, there's been a significant year over year increase. More than 6,600 people entered the province since Jan.1 and projections show that number could hit 400 people a day by the summer, Heurtel said.

“The Quebec government says it's unable to handle the droves of asylum seekers who continue to cross into the province and is calling on the federal government for help.”

“Starting April 24, the government said it will not take in any more asylum seekers who did not come into the province through a legal border checkpoint, once 85 per cent of the 1850 daily places available in the temporary housing centres is reached.”

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-asylum-seekers-1.4621575

I will offer them as much sympathy as they gave Alberta when they killed the pipeline through Quebec. Perhaps they can spend some of their equalization surplus on a wall? :D

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