Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that his government would soon unveil a law to deter illegal immigration in response to the arrival of rickety cargo ships carrying Tamil refugees.
Mr. Harper said current legislation does not go far enough to deter human smuggling, which will increase in the years to come, unless we make significant changes to our law, to provide serious deterrents. He pointed out that his Government would unveil amendments to the Immigration Act “designed to ensure that they deter this kind of behavior, which for the vast majority of Canadians is completely unacceptable.
Border officials detained 492 Tamils who arrived in August aboard the MV Sun Sea. Another 76 were arrested in October 2009 upon arrival on Canada’s west coast aboard another freighter Toronto Sun. It is reported that a third ship carrying Tamil asylum seekers is also en route for Canadian shores. Canadian authorities are trying to track it using satellites and high-tech eavesdropping equipment. The Canadian Prime Minister Harper would only say that his government is “monitoring these developments very carefully.