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CANADA: MIGRANT RIGHTS TESTED BY MOST-WANTED LIST

Ottawa's clampdown on some of the country's worst criminal offenders by creating a public most-wanted list netted its most recent arrest only daysago, but the system has triggered a debate over the publishing of fugitives' names and the ethics and feasibility of changing Canadian immigration policy.

A Guyanese national with several criminalconvictions in Canada such as violence and weapons-related offences was arrested in Toronto on Sep. 15 due to a tip to the most-wanted website of the Canadian Border Services Agency.

ShameerAllie, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for removal from the country, is the fifth person to be located via the website list of dangerous criminals living illegally in Canada, including warcriminals, established by the government earlier this summer.

Yet the success of the fugitive programme has been marred by criticisms of the immigration system itself.

In August, Federal Public SafetyMinister Vic Toews slammed the Immigration and Refugee Board's alleged lax treatment of one of the dangerous individuals who had been caught through a tip line. Walter Guzman of El Salvador, who earneda ranking on the CBSA's list for trafficking in an illegal substance, assault, breaking and entering, and uttering threats, was released on bail.

The incident sparked Ottawa's decision to mullchanges to immigration legislation. Toews argued the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act leaned toward releasing people on the verge of deportation and challenging the government to prove that thosein custody are a public danger.

Since Toews's announcement in August about reviewing Canadian immigration policies, there is still no definitive decision regarding how the federal government willproceed.

'Min. Toews has asked his officials to investigate possible changes to the legislation to ensure the integrity of our border and our immigration system,' Julie Carmichael, press secretary...
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