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Deportation appeal avenues for convicted immigrants ended

posted Jul 8, 2012, 6:44 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jul 8, 2012, 6:48 PM ]
Opposition say Conservatives pushed through important policy with no debate 
New legislation introduced Wednesday by the Conservative government gives greater powers to the immigration and public safety ministers to determine who gets to come and stay in Canada.

It's the latest in a series of changes that have given the immigration minister in particular far more individual say over immigration matters.

The new law, called the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, seeks to cut off avenues for convicted criminals to appeal their deportation.

Currently, anyone who is not a Canadian citizen and is sentenced to less than two years in prison can appeal the automatic deportation order that comes along with a jail term.

But the new law would see that right cut off for sentences of greater than six months, even for permanent residents who have been in Canada for decades.

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By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2012 2:37 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 20, 2012 9:37 PM ET