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Zero-tolerance for criminal immigrants

Dr Wayne Mapp
National Immigration Spokesman

3 May 2004

Zero-tolerance for criminal immigrants

A zero-tolerance approach is needed in dealing with temporary New Zealand residents who breach the law, says National's Immigration spokesman, Dr
Wayne Mapp.

His comments come in response to revelations that two convicted criminals have been allowed to stay in New Zealand following appeals to the Deportation Review Tribunal.

This follows on from the court-sponsored mercy shown to a convicted Pakistani sex-offender who was not deported when it was feared that he would be ostracised if he returned home.

"New Zealand residency is a privilege and deportation should be automatic if serious crimes are committed," says Dr Mapp.

"Allowing convicted criminals to stay in New Zealand is not the business of the tribunal.

"This whole affair shows why a review of both the Residency Review Tribunal and the Refugee Status Authority is essential. There is no need for New Zealanders to take risks with serious criminals or those who pose a threat to national security. Deportation in these situations should be automatic.

"These people should not expect to stay in our country. If they can't respect our laws, there is no room for leniency," says Dr Mapp.


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