The following article details yet another of Labour’s racist immigration efforts – in this case the 2008 Immigration Amendment Bill. Indeed, one of the few differences between National and Labour is that the Labourites seem to be rather more racist than National when it comes to immigration. The article below appeared in The Spark, a predecessor to this blog, back in July 2008.
by John Edmundson
In the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the world has seen a massive tightening of immigration controls. In this country, many New Zealanders’ first experience of this trend was the overnight quadrupling of the cost of maintaining a passport. In one fell swoop, the life of a passport was halved, from ten years to five, while the cost doubled as new “anti-terrorism” identification security features were added. In the US, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has gained, and proceeded to use, sweeping new powers to raid and subsequently deport “illegals”, mostly from Latin America.
The latest round of policy change comes with the Immigration Amendment Bill currently being debated in select committee. While this Bill was introduced by Labour, it appears to have support from National, ACT, New Zealand First and United Future. The Bill, if passed in anything remotely approaching its current form, will represent a massive attack on basic civil rights in New Zealand, not only for would-be immigrants or refugees but also for New Zealand citizens.
The new Bill proposes a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s policy on the screening of potential immigrants and refugees wishing to settle here. Following the Ahmed Zaoui case, where the state’s crude attempts to deny Zaoui even the most minimal of rights in conducting a defence, the government has decided to change the rules. The heads of many government departments and agencies will have the right to declare information classified if Read the rest of this entry »