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By Barbara Roberts

Until lately, immigration coverage was once principally within the palms of a small team of bureaucrats, who strove desperately to fend off “offensive” peoples. Barbara Roberts explores those executive officers, exhibiting how they not just stored the doorways closed but in addition controlled to discover the way to dispose of a few of those that controlled to damage via their rigorously guarded obstacles. Robert’s very important booklet explores a gloomy historical past with a good and target style.

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Scott wanted to include two points in the new legislation: "certain prohibited classes", and a limit of five years for deportations instead of three. , except in the case of immigrants who were political offenders. S. Act of 1917, they could be deported at any time after The Law and Deportation 19 entry. S. Congress and vetoed by the President in 1913, and again in 1915. President Wilson was concerned about the difficulty of distinguishing between political exiles and anarchistic property-destroying radicals.

Thus far, Robertson's arguments echoed the Department's brief used by Calder in the Commons. But flatly contradicting the Minister and the Department of Immigration, Robertson went on to boast that the 1919 amendments were not only legally but also practically superfluous - not because they had never been used to deport anyone, but rather because the government had already successfully and thoroughly used the legislation to rid themselves of all of the subversives and other undesirables. Robertson claimed that there was nobody left in Canada whom the government wanted to deport who could not be dealt with under Section 41, as it had stood before the 6 June 1919 amendment: Citizens of foreign countries who came to Canada and were guilty of seditious acts and utterances merited deportation, even though these utterances or acts were committed prior to the time the legislation was passed [6 June 1919].

Scott had become preoccupied with the problem of "eloping couples". In March 1909 he had complained that under the provisions of the existing legislation he could not prevent eloping couples from immigrating to Canada, and he wanted the power to stop them. Canada debarred only prostitutes and those living off the revenue of prostitution. 12 Scott wanted the Canadian law to use the same language as that of the United States. Mclnnes strongly disagreed with this suggestion. " Prostitution was a crime; immorality was not.

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