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Feds to address polygamy in revised newcomer guide
In a year-end interview with Postmedia News, Kenney said while polygamy is a concern he raised early on in his mandate, it’s one that’s been difficult to tackle.
“We leave no stone unturned to try to prevent what you might call polygamous immigration marriages, but the problem is that if someone comes to the country on a particular visa and then chooses to enter into say a religious marriage, it’s never reported with the state in Canada and they never report it to us as an immigration sponsorship,” he said.
“It’s outside of our system.”
Immigrants who come to Canada under false pretences are subject to deportation under the Immigration Act, but Kenney said he’s not aware of any cases that have been successfully enforced.
“Let’s be honest. People don’t come and tell us that they are living in polygamous marriages. These things are done secretly,” he said.
“I’ve heard disturbing anecdotal reports about this sort of thing but we haven’t had any hard evidence.”
In September, Citizenship and Immigration unveiled a new fraud tip line.
Billed as a means of targeting those who fudge their residency requirements to obtain citizenship, Kenney said it can be used for all forms of fraud and that passing somebody off as an aunt or sister when they are really a second wife certainly falls into that category.
A single paragraph at the bottom of page 10 of the current “Welcome to Canada” guidebook makes a reference to polygamy, noting it is illegal under the Criminal Code and that those convicted of it can have their permanent residency revoked, but Kenney said a revised edition due in a matter of months will contain even stronger language.
The issue of polygamous immigrant marriages has gained some prominence in recent weeks as details emerged about the deaths of four members of an Afghan-Canadian family from Montreal. The four, three teenage sisters and the first wife of their father in a polygamous marriage, were found dead inside a car at the bottom of a shallow canal in Kingston, Ont., more than two years ago.
Mohammad Shafia, 58, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their son Hamed, 20, are on trial, accused of killing sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, in what the Crown alleges was an honour killing, saying the girls died for dishonouring the family by rejecting their parents’ conservative values, dating boys and dressing provocatively.
While the alleged motive for the murders has made for sensational testimony, court also learned that Rona Amir Mohammad was not the aunt she claimed to be but rather Mohammad’s barren first wife.
Kenney said 2012 will be a busy year for his department as it implements a number of new policy reforms, from the controversial ban on burkas and niqabs during the recitation of citizenship oaths to the new 10-year supervisa – a stop-gap measure that would allow parents and grandparents to visit loved ones for up to two years at a time while the government tries to eliminate a massive backlog in immigration applications.
The government is also expected to pass its human smuggling bill, which toughens penalties for both smuggling syndicates and the asylum seekers who pay them big bucks to come to Canada, early in the new year, and the Balanced Refugee Reform Act will also take effect in June.
The new refugee system will ultimately allow “bona fide” refugees to get a hearing in three months rather than the current two years and would give the government the ability to deport “bogus asylum claimants” within one year as opposed to five, Kenney said.
Next year the government will also undertake the first phase of a biometric visa program, which will be implemented in January 2013, Kenney said, noting it’s the “most important development on immigration security screening in Canadian immigration history.”
Also coming in 2012: a “re-tooling” of both the entrepreneur and investor programs that grant permanent residency to those with business experience and at least $800,000 to invest in the Canadian economy.
Kenney said he will be working with the provinces to establish multi-year, rather than annual, immigration level plans and he will bring in changes to the point system for federal skilled workers so that more emphasis is placed on younger workers, those with pre-arranged job offers, higher levels of language proficiency and plans to work in licensed professions.
“Greater flexibility for skilled trades people,” he said, is also planned for 2012.