Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Good news from New Brunswick

In case you haven't heard, the federal government has rescinded a deportation order to send the Maeng family back to South Korea because of the anticipated medical expenses of their younger son, who has autism and is epileptic. Apparently, all it took was for the New Brunswick government to write a letter to the Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney stating that they would be able to cover any expenses the young man will have in his lifetime (with some encouragement from across the country).

Later in the latter article, the Refugee Protection Act is quoted as saying that prospective immigrants can be denied permanent residence if their affliction can "cause excessive demand on health or social services." One has to wonder when that act was passed, and was it passed retroactively? Anyway, it's looking a bit more hopeful for the Maengs. 

It does not change what I said about the CIC. Perhaps the federal government can clean up the mess that is there. They have four years to do so. It may not make up for the other stuff that I have come to expect from the Harper conservatives, but if they can do something right, credit should be given where credit is due.

Switching gears a bit, this post from the blogger I believe was formerly known as Orac embeds a news report from Australia about the cost of refusing to vaccinate children, allowing formerly rare, fleeting diseases to make a comeback, and the sort of quacks who have their own following.

Still on the subject of diseases, a timely report from CTV called 'Filthy Food', which switches into a report on measles and the MMR shot.

Again on diseases, something from a repeat broadcast on Marketplace last Friday. The coming superbugs, and the coming failure of antibiotics.

A suggestion to change the way immigrants are treated. Make the process more local.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

How about Citizenship and Immigration Canada? I have had questions about how it's been run for quite some time, but this case hits a little too close to home:

I first heard of this on the evening news last night about this South Korean family who moved to Moncton 8 years ago, opened a convenience store, and have now been told to go back to Korea by the end of this month, because of the medical expenses of their younger son who has autism and epilepsy. I first became infuriated with the CIC a few years ago when they ordered a North Korean defector to go back from where he had to escape for his life because he was accused to saying something bad about "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il, which I don't think is much of an exaggeration to say that is a capital offense there. He was ordered back there because of crimes that he allegedly committed by being a member of the communist regime there, but he was never accused of anything specific.

This I think is even worse, because the Maeng family did not try to hide their son's condition. If the CIC thought that it was going to be a problem, they should not have let them in in the first place, instead of letting the kids grow up here, only to tear them away from the place they grew up, particularly affecting the young man with autism, letting them start a business, and filling them with false hope.

It should be questioned that if they were not self-employed and had full-time jobs with benefits, this would not be an issue, and they could get full citizenship with no trouble. The bottom line here is that this is hardly a new problem, and we certainly should not blame this on Stephen Harper. The CIC has been incompetently run for a long time, probably for decades. I do not have much faith in Mr. Harper, but if he can make the Maeng family stay, and make some much needed improvements in the way the CIC is run, he may just make a believer out of me yet.

Update: Here's a petition.

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