Improving Immigration

Published: Wednesday, 01/11/2006 12:00 am EST

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral letter yesterday urging Canada to treat immigrants and refugees with dignity. At what is clearly aimed to target the federal political parties as they compete for the public's attention for the elections, the letter called for a revamping of immigration laws to speed up family reunifications and appeals, abrogating the safe third country agreement, as well as strong laws to deal with human trafficking. At a press conference on Parliament Hill, Bishop Roger Ebacher of Gatineau (above), chair of the Social Affairs Commission and Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said while some immigrants who come to Canada are a security threat it is import to identify such people and the law should not to be prejudiced to others who are real asylum seekers.

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