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Bogus refugee detention space boosted

posted Mar 18, 2012, 5:29 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 5:29 PM ]
By Tom Godfrey ,Toronto Sun First posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 05:54 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 06:02 PM EDT

TORONTO - More than 100 new rooms are being added to a federal immigration detention centre in Toronto as border officials move to crack down on queue jumpers and bogus refugees in July.

More Canada border services officers have been hired and extra hearing rooms to adjudicate refugee claims are being built since officials under a new Balanced Refugee Reform Act will have 45 days to determine if a claimant is a legitimate refugee, or should be sent packing.

The law, to take affect June 29, will limit the amount of appeals and create a list of safe countries from where refugee claimants will not be accepted. It would also allow officials to collect biometric data from those entering Canada on a visitor’s visa, work visa or study visa.

Immigration officers said the tough changes will send more failed claimants and others underground rather than facing the prospect of being deported.

The Rexdale Rd. detention facility, which has had three escapes in three months, will now have more than 200 rooms for use in detaining offenders awaiting deportation.

Antonella Di Girolamo, of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), said renovations at the Immigration Holding Centre (IHC) are slated to be completed soon.

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