Human Smuggling Queen’s Trial May Shed Light On Human Smuggling To Canada; Canada Has To Tell All The Truth To Future Immigrants

Human Smuggling Queen's Trial May Shed Light On Human Smuggling To Canada; Canada Has To Tell All The Truth To


Immigration Watch Canada brings two front page stories from The Asian Pacific Post to the attention of Canadians. (See for details)

(1) “Snakehead Queen Goes On Trial” focuses on the New York trial of Cheng Chui Ping who is alleged “to have brought thousands of illegal Chinese migrants into Canada and the U.S.”. The greatest significance of the trial is that it is expected to “shed light on the inner-workings of a global people-smuggling operation”.

Immigration Watch Canada believes Canadians should pay careful attention to this aspect of the trial. Smuggled migrants often become refugee claimants in Canada and are between a $1 to $2 Billion drain on the Canadian treasury. Refugee claimants exploit a weak and lax Canadian refugee system to delay their deportation. Successful ones, who often would have had no chance of being accepted in most countries, later bring in relatives.

The trial, which begins this week, “specifically deals with charges revolving around the ill-fated 1992 Golden Venture voyage”. While trying to get close to New York, the Golden Venture, with 300+ Fujian Chinese smuggled migrants, ran aground. Ten drowned. After this incident, Cheng fled the U.S. and went to Hong Kong. According to The Post, “She was extradited to the U.S. in 2003.”

Cheng was born in Fujian province, China and made her way to Hong Kong. From there she travelled to Canada and in 1981 to New York where she “started selling clothes and cheap food in New York's Chinatown”. Prosecutors allege she soon moved on to more lucrative activities.

The Post reports that “In Canada, her name began cropping up on wiretaps as the RCMP began tracking Fuk-Ching Triad members suspected of using Native Reserves to smuggle people across the Canada-U.S. border.” Cheng is alleged to have smuggled other boatloads of Chinese migrants to Boston, and to ports in Mexico and Guatemala.

(2) The second story, “Filiponos Say 'Yes' To Canada”, focuses on the intentions of many middle class Filiponos to migrate to Canada. As reasons for leaving, many cited “a culture of pollution and bribery”, an official unemployment rate of 11%, and poor employment prospects for 700,000 new college graduates every year. As reasons for choosing Canada, future migrants cited “Canada's more open policy to skilled workers, state-subsidized schools and health care” and “the discipline and way of life in Canada”.

According to The Post, “Filipinos are the third largest group of immigrants to Canada, just behind the Chinese and Indians. Approximately 12,000 immigrated last year alone.”

Immigration Watch Canada wishes to point out a number of facts to The Asian Pacific Post and its readers:

(1) Canada's unremitting annual intake of 200,000 to 250,000 immigrants for the past 15 years is unprecedented and unjustified. Its existence is contradicted by the federal government's own major studies on immigration. In reality, the intake exists not because of Canada's needs, but because of the self-interested lobbying efforts of Canada's immigration industry (immigration lawyers and advocates) and of a number of Canada's urban MP's. The latter have relied on the recent immigrant vote to get elected.

Immigration Watch Canada points out that those Filipinos who cite corruption as a reason for leaving the Phillippines should take particular note of this. The self-interest of Canada's immigration industry and some urban MP's serves Filipinos now. But it will undoubtedly act to their future detriment as the urban environments they congregate in take on the polluted qualities of the places they left and as demands on an overloaded medicare system become increasingly burdensome.

(2) Poverty and unemployment rates among immigrants who have come to Canada in recent years are very high. Canada's immigration industry and a number of MP's blame, in large part, Canadian certification agencies to be the cause of this problem. But the evidence (2 million Canadians officially and unofficially unemployed) suggests that Canada is taking many more people than its economy can absorb.

(3) Among long-term citizens of Canada, there is growing resentment against so-called “equity employment” legislation. It is generally seen as “inequity employment” legislation because it unjustifiably grants preference to visible minorities in the Canadian job queue. The implementation of this legislation was a significant factor in the defeat of Bob Rae's NDP government in Ontario. Other outrageous implementations of the legislation have angered long-term Canadians. Among the hundreds of cases was an ad within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans which excluded several highly-qualified, long-term Canadian employees.

The legislation in question was recommended and enacted without accompanying, supporting evidence and exists primarily because of a tendency to conform to political correctness and “received opinion”. Advocates like to cite “discrimination” in the job market as a reason for the legislation. But evidence at the time of the legislation suggests that visible minority groups were doing very well and that there was no need for the legislation.