Follow Your Own Rules - 6 of 10
For Volume 6, I am going to dig into the archives a little bit. You have heard this story many times and I have told it more times that I care to even admit. Before I tell the story, however, it would be good to lay just a little groundwork.
If you were to email IRCC, specifically Hussen, regarding Widlene's case, you will get a template email. In this email, there are two specific phrases that I would like to point out...
Phrase 1 - "... all visa applications are handled in the order that they were received."
Phrase 2 - "...The Minister does not personally intervene in individual cases."
These these two rules make sense to me. Having a queue and respecting its order is the only fair way to do this. I guess there could be some sort of allowance for emergencies where, say, a child's life were in danger. But respecting the queue is fair. Regarding Hussen's personal involvement, this also makes sense on the surface. Having said that, this is a little contradictory for TRP's where they are 100% at the discretion of the Minister. So... saying that the minister doesn't get involved is a bit of a misnomer considering that him, and only him, can approve a TRP. That being said, he has a staff and doesn't need to be dragged into the details of individual cases. What I am saying is that I agree with both of those statements in the template emails...
... But the Minister DOES NOT follow these rules.
Here is an excerpt from a blog that I wrote in August 2018:
Last week, we were all a little shocked to see that Ahmed Hussen personally intervened in a TRP case and issued the visa in six days under Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. Certainly, everyone that has written a letter to the esteemed Minister or his boss will have received a template reply including the phase “the Minister does not personally intervene on individual cases.”
As I read the headlines, my mind automatically went to a very dark place. As Minister Hussen is intimately acquainted with Widlene’s case, he knows all of the dangers that she faces on a day to day basis. He has been made aware of the ethnic cleansing in DR and the personal death threats made against the Earle family. He was informed of the police officer trying to exploit Widlene for sex as well as the pedophile ring that nearly lured her and a number of her friends in.
With that in mind, I began to imagine the terrors that this boy must have been facing. If forced sexual exploitation didn’t make the cut for humanitarian and compassionate considerations, I didn’t want to know what depraved madness it took to get the minister to personally intervene in less than a week.
On the website for Immigration Canada, there are some examples of what might qualify for special considerations and I became intensely curious to find out which atrocity this was. Possibly fleeing from religious persecution? Maybe this child was abducted into forced labor. Could it have been the fallout from a natural disaster or maybe he had escaped from a child soldier camp.
Why was I surprised to discover that the special humanitarian and compassionate exemption was granted to this boy could play baseball?
Don’t get me wrong, I love baseball. And if I was as good as this 13 year old, I would have been pretty excited to play on the big stage too. This, however, seems to be a bit of a stretch to justify a special humanitarian visa. Or is it?
The kid has been in Canada since 2015 when he walked across the border and entered Canada illegally to be with his parents. His father, a drug dealer, did five years in a US prison and has a pretty impressive criminal record. The family has been in Canada for some time with no legal status. Their immigration file cannot be completed due to the criminal activity in the father’s past.
So… the recipient of the TRP was not fleeing persecution nor was he looking for entrance into Canada.
Here it comes….
He had already been living in Canada illegally. He needed the TRP so he could leave Canada and then return to continue living illegally. The letter of the law says that the family should be deported but I think we all know that isn’t going to happen. The law that he needed to circumvent, however, was the one that wouldn’t allow him back in Canada after leaving - a fairly reasonable law.
In less than 6 days, Ahmed Hussen personally intervened (against his own policy) to give an illegal resident a permit to leave Canada to play baseball and return again to his illegal status. Did I mention that the kid was born in the US to Mexican parents?
I could even deal with all of that, but did he have to call his blatant favoritism and abuse of power humanitarian?
Widlene Earle has a legitimate constitutional claim to be in Canada and Hussen has broken the law to keep her out while breaking his own policy so that an illegal alien can play baseball. Widlene has faced nearly all of the examples that the government deems worthy of humanitarian and compassionate intervention (by the way, baseball wasn’t listed). She has repeatedly been passed over by Hussen and his staff even after promises were made to approve her.
I guess it is time for Widlene to learn to swing a fucking bat.
I do not want this update to focus on this kid and his situation. I do not want it to focus on the father's extensive criminal record. I do not want it to focus on the fact they entered Canada illegally... or that the father is not allowed in several US states for his drug trafficking record... or that the criminal activity has ensured that they will never have legal standing in Canada. I would prefer NOT to focus on these things.
I want the focal point of this post to be that Hussen, his staff and the entire Immigration Departmenmt are lying to the public.
Visa applications ARE NOT handled in the order that they were received. CLEARLY. Widlene's application was on file long before this kid ever tried out to play baseball in Canada.
The Minister ABSOLUTELY DOES get involved with individual cases. Especially when they are in the ridings of Liberal MPs that share his personal philosophy and world view. In fact, he did a press conference and bragged about getting involved with this file.
Don't virtue signal about fairness or justice. Just tell the truth...
You let people into the country based on your personal bias, their ethnicity and religion. That is it!
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