Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Roadside Migrant Checks Will Sour Relations

Police-migrant relations will suffer with roadside checks

The Green Party voiced concern today that roadside immigration checks will sour relations between police and the migrant community.

"The new measures will be to the detriment of good policing," said Mr Locke, the Green Party's Police spokesperson.

"Migrants will be less motivated to cooperate with the police on criminal matters if they are being targeted as potential overstayers.

"It is inevitable that there will be racial targeting under the new instructions. Traffic police always have a choice of who to stop.

"Unfortunately, officers will tend to choose people who look like migrants, probably because the officer feels that they might score a double - nab a traffic offender and get bonus points for an overstayer arrest.

"It has been a long, hard struggle to get new migrants to trust the police, and to make the force more representative of migrant communities.

"All this good work could go down the drain if the police are now seen to be discriminating against new New Zealanders in their policing of the highways.

"We don't have some new and overwhelming overstayer problem that would justify giving the police a frontline role. The Government appears to be spooked by Winston Peters' anti-immigrant campaign," he said.

Mr Locke also raised safety concerns surrounding the targeting of migrant drivers.

"People with nothing to lose might feel compelled to make a run for it, with potentially disastrous results. It shouldn't take a tragedy for the police and immigration ministers to realise the mistake they've made by allowing roadside immigration checks."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news