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Illegal Immigrants Leap Through Loophole

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10 September 2003

Illegal Immigrants Leap Through Loophole

New Zealand First has accused the Government of deliberately using loopholes in the law as an excuse for letting illegal immigrants stay in this country.

This follows the disclosure that an illegal Afghan immigrant, who allegedly shot a New Zealand woman, was released from jail four days before the shooting.

“The legal system is dysfunctional if an illegal immigrant cannot be deported because he refuses to obtain a foreign passport,” said Mr Peters.

“This case, one of many, is making a mockery of our judicial system. It is time for this Government to get tough and stop being so politically correct.

“What makes it more sickening is this man will now be a paid guest of the Government for at least another five years if he is found guilty of attempted murder.

“The shooting victim may be paralysed for the rest of her life and faces a lengthy road to recovery, while this man gets to stay in the country.

“Loopholes in the law have been a convenient excuse for too long it is time for the Government to ensure that illegal immigrants are sent packing,” said Mr Peters.


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