As per a new bill, certain crimes will send the permanent residents back to their place of origin, that too without giving them any chance of hearing. Offenses like impaired driving cause any physical harm, theft over the amount of $5000, and farming marijuana.
The proposed Act of Removal of Serious Foreign Criminals, the residents who are convicted of a severe crime, won’t be allowed to be eligible to get a record suspension, in other words, a ‘pardon.’ Before issuing the deportation, the government is even allowed to avoid the customary admissibility hearing. Now this means that the convict might not even get a chance to get their deportation reviewed.
The removal of the admissibility hearing for the permanent residents will majorly impact the current process and result in faster removals and also consequently provide savings to the taxpayers, said a Canada Border Services Agency’s representative.
Anyhow, the classification of a serious crime is very extensive. If any permanent resident is convicted of a serious crime that carries the severest punishment of ten years or more than that or is given a sentence for more than six months, they will be sent back to their mother country without delay.
The permanent residents can be sent back to their home country without a chance of review if they are found culpable of serious crimes.
Serious Crimes that could get Permanent Residents Deported
- Dangerous driving which causes physical damage.
- Dangerous driving which causes death.
- Farming of marijuana.
- Peddling of more than 3 kg of marijuana.
- Theft of any amount over $5000.
- Robbery without a weapon.
- Found possessing a constrained weapon with bullets.
- An assault that causes physical hurt with or without a weapon.
- Guilty of fleeing the police.
- Found possessing or using a credit card that is stolen or forged.
It is noteworthy that the federal government was always vested with the power to deport the immigrants back to their home country; the recent amendment in the legislation has made the rule a lot easier for it. While the recent law is seen as a welcome change by many people, the immigration advocates see it from a different angle.