Volpe Comments on the Thorny Issue of Illegal Immigration

CIC News
Published: October 1, 2005

Minister Volpe wants to regularize illegal immigrants. Proposes changes to deal with "Out-of-Status" immigrants.

Immigration Minister Joe Volpe has drafted a document to present to the cabinet, which tackles the thorny issue of "undocumented" settlement in Canada. Volpe has not released the details of his proposal, however he has stated that there are "several options" he wishes to debate.

Regularizing undocumented workers is no easy task. Apprehension lies in the belief that by giving illegal immigrants Canadian Permanent Residency status you are in fact rewarding their illegal entry into Canada. "If we think in terms of these people as being queue jumpers, it will be more difficult," Volpe explains. He is also working on ways to regionalize immigration by encouraging newcomers to settle in different cities and provinces across the nation.

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