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Immigration Screening Has Limited Ability

22 July 2002

Immigration Screening Has Limited Ability To Detect Undesirables – Peters


“The acknowledgement by New Zealand’s Immigration Service, that they cannot thoroughly check the details of all arrivals into New Zealand, highlights precisely, the concerns I have for New Zealand’s ‘open door’ policy for immigrants and visitors”, said NZ First Leader and MP for Tauranga Rt Hon Winston Peters.

Mr Peters was commenting on the incident last week where a Scotsman, with a record for killing three people in Australia, had entered New Zealand undetected.

“That a triple murderer can walk freely through our screening processes, with a conviction and sentence of this nature to his credit, speaks volumes and gives no comfort to those concerned about the entry criteria for offenders from other countries, where criminal records may not be quite so robust as Australia’s”, Mr Peters said.

“For many years I have been expressing my concern at the ability of foreign national undesirables to enter New Zealand, and in those instances where language, identification and poor domestic recording of crime are a feature of an illegal visitors country, the chances of error, are significantly amplified”, concluded Mr Peters.


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