He was speaking after recent attack on human smuggling by Canada last week.
A Tamil ship carrying migrants heading allegedly towards Canada was stopped. Kenney said that there are clear indications about the ship carrying undocumented Tamil migrants heading towards Canada. He, however, denied to talk about the details revealed by intelligence reports.
He maintained that intelligence officials are working on the matter.
Immediate need for anti-human smuggling laws in Canada—Kenney asserted on an immediate need for passing of anti-human smuggling law in Canada if the nation wants to control the possibility of human smuggling.
He said that Canada happens to be the softest destination for smuggling of undocumented immigrants and for the refugee claimants. Canada is known to be a place that is relatively easier for entering by migrants, he stated.
Such a law would help in preventing abuse of Canada immigration system by all those involved in human smuggling, Kenney maintained. The law would enable in imposition of compulsory prison sentences as well as prosecution of all those found to be guilty, he added.
The owners of the ships and the ship operators involved in human smuggling will also be liable to punishment under “The Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act”.
Loopholes in Canada immigration policies--The vessel MV Alicia, supposedly heading towards Canada, was carrying around 90 Tamil asylum seekers hailing from Sri Lanka was stopped midway by Indonesian officials.
Such an incidence involving undocumented immigrants moving towards Canada brings forth the fact that Canada must focus on reforming its more laxative immigration policies, especially family reunification system, Kenney warned.
He cautioned that if any person involved in human smuggling activities is successful in positive asylum, then he can not only become a Canadian permanent resident but also offer sponsorship to his family members enabling them to immigrate to Canada. Human smuggling networks are primarily carried out by financial motives in mind without giving any consideration to humanity, Kenney said.
He asserted on sound immigration system in Canada keeping in view the low rate of population growth and majority of baby boomers reaching retirement age.