During the last month of her life, every institution that Lucia came into contact with was most interested in law enforcement and least interested in her safety. Though this is not shocking to anyone familiar with the immigration system, the facts that are emerging about what happened to Lucia while in custody are illuminating to those unfamiliar with how immigration enforcement really operates.
"Rocco Galati started his career as a tax litigator for the Department of Justice, but soon decided to switch sides: He devoted himself, he says, to “cases against the government.”
“You need a lawyer when the government’s after you. Private disputes you should be able to settle. But the government’s a machine,” he said. “Often there’s little room for negotiation. It’s all or nothing.”
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"For many, this is a major inconvenience at best. For others, it may be much worse: a career-stopping barrier or even a family-shattering catastrophe. If a Canadian working in Berlin receives the offer of an important job in Calgary, the offer will probably have a time limit. The Canadian may have to choose between turning down the job or accepting a separation of a year or more from spouse and children.
Joel Sandaluk, a Toronto lawyer who specializes in immigration cases, says that just about the angriest people he meets are Canadians who realize that their government has made this essential service into a dispiriting obstacle course. Sandaluk also says: “I have seen families break apart under the strain caused by lengthy delays associated with immigration processing times.”
"We have come a long way from the immigration philosophy that brought most of our ancestors here – an open door policy that encouraged those fleeing war, persecution or poverty to make a new start in a new land.
Those days are long gong. The new Canadian immigrant, the bootstrap immigrant, accepts that admission to Canada is a privilege not a right, one that he or she earned by dint of hard work and smart choices.
They’re not likely to support welfare for new arrivals – or for anyone else for that matter – because they don’t need any. They might vote Liberal or NDP, but not because the Conservatives are anti-immigrant. The Conservatives, after all, brought them here – more than two million have arrived on Stephen Harper’s watch – and the party’s philosophy is congenial to their own beliefs.
Which means that whichever party replaces the Conservatives in government will likely leave their immigration reforms in place. We are all conservatives now."
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"Three years after Ottawa launched a new regulatory body to police the immigration consultant industry, critics say there are as many illegal “ghost” consultants as ever preying on would-be immigrants."
Currently, Canada allows a foreign national married to a Canadian to apply for sponsorship in the country if they are already here legally with valid temporary status.
They can also go back to their home countries and apply from there, but most couples prefer the in-Canada route so the Canadian spouses don’t have to give up their jobs and careers or be separated from their wives or husbands for years while an application is in process overseas.
"Immigration consultants, many of them in Western Canada, are apparently now specializing in pairing up employers and temporary foreign workers.
One online advertisement placed in several provinces even pledges to help temporary foreign workers find employers, instead of the other way around."
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