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OTTAWA - The Canadian tourism industry is reeling from the sudden announcement that Mexican travellers will now require a visa to enter the country.
The decision, announced Monday, also applies to citizens of the Czech Republic.
Originally posted by Equinox99
I believe they are asking for visa's to curb the major gang violence in Vancouver. The cops are trying to stop the flow of drugs from Mexico to Canada, coc aine mostly. There is a drug war on the streets which has claimed the lives of a lot of innocent people. If you are not a part of their gang then your the enemy.
Originally posted by Equinox99
Yeah I just read the whole article. It left me clueless as to why they would do it. I am truly puzzled.
Originally posted by AccessDenied
It's racist. It's disgusting.
It's like saying no more black people because they create gang violence and drive by shootings.
Since the visa requirement was lifted on the Czech Republic in October 2007, nearly 3,000 claims have been filed by Czech nationals, compared with less than five in 2006. The relatively higher acceptance rate of refugee claims originating in the Czech Republic masks the troubling fact that more than half of the claims are abandoned or withdrawn before a final decision is made by the Immigration and Refugee Board, indicating that many claimants may not be genuine refugees.
“In addition to creating significant delays and spiraling new costs in our refugee program, the sheer volume of these claims is undermining our ability to help people fleeing real persecution,” said Minister Kenney. “All too often, people who really need Canada’s protection find themselves in a long line, waiting for months and sometimes years to have their claims heard. This is unacceptable.
“The visa requirement I am announcing will give us a greater ability to manage the flow of people into Canada and verify bona fides. By taking this important step towards reducing the burden on our refugee system, we will be better equipped to process genuine refugee claims faster.”
“The visa process will allow us to assess who is coming to Canada as a legitimate visitor and who might be trying to use the refugee system to jump the immigration queue,” Minister Kenney said. “It is not fair for those who have been waiting patiently to come to Canada, sometimes for years, when others succeed in bypassing our immigration system.”
Originally posted by Amagnon
The other thing is I think citizens of one country would not feel it right to allow people into their country who have criminal records including violent crime or drug trafficking.
there is an industry in Mexico dedicated to providing false information about immigrating to Canada.
"There's some people who are fake, let's say paralegal ... people trying to scam them and telling them that they could apply for visa or work permits and they can teach them how to ask for asylum or whatever with a payment in exchange
Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer recalled the Czech ambassador to Canada, Karel Zebrakovsky. He also announced that Canadian diplomats will need visas to travel to the country.
Mexico was the sixth-largest source of tourists to Canada last year, with 266,000 visitors, and the numbers had been steadily increasing.
Hume Rogers of Ottawa's Capital Hotel and Suites had 25 rooms booked for 10 days this month with a Mexican tour group.
"What really hurts about this is that there was no warning at all ... and all of a sudden, basically the day the doors were supposed to open on the beginning of the peak season, they're being shut in our face a little bit."