We need to help other Afghan families who just want a good life for their children. It appears we are about to get some TRUE refugees.
Canada to welcome hundreds of Afghan employees
OTTAWA -- Canada is set to open its doors to hundreds of Afghans who face life-threatening risks after having worked with our military and diplomats, The Canadian Press has learned.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he's putting the final touches on a policy to provide safe haven to Afghans endangered by their association with Canada.
Unlike other NATO countries, Canada has no policy on humanitarian immigration for local staff -- but that's about to change.
Afghans who have been severely injured working with the Canadian military, or who can prove they face threats, will be eligible for fast-track entry.
The first of those ex-employees and their immediate relatives could arrive within months.
The policy goes much further than the one initially considered by the Harper government, which last year said it would examine possible ways to bring over severely injured interpreters only.
The new program will be open to anyone with 12 months' service to the Canadian mission, medical and security checks, and a recommendation letter from a senior soldier or diplomat.
I wholeheartedly agree with this initiative! The Afghans that have been working with our troops deserve a better life, and if Canadian citizenship is what they want and need, let's give it to them. They have been risking their lives to help our soldiers, and if we can save one or two of them and make their family lives better, let's do it.
They denied the Afghans would strain federal resources, saying they represent a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of refugee claimants Canada receives annually. And unlike many others who come here, they noted, the Afghan workers are all fluent in at least one of Canada's official languages.
They denied??? Who accused them of straining federal resources? If you read the article, it wasn't the NDP, so who does that leave? Funny how that little fact isn't stated in this article. How about the thousands of Tamil Tiger supporters the Liberals let into our country? No one questioned that at the time, as a matter of fact, ex-PM Martin and other Liberal MP's were seen at various Tamil functions and they refused to declare the Tamil Tigers as terrorists. These Afghans are actually real refugees, not the bogus, get a visa, and overstay your welcome cue jumpers, like the Lebanese pretend citizens.
Kenney is a real breath of fresh air. Common sense is back in politics and I like it. Go Kenney Go!