Don’t let Canada end up like a Kardashian sister, says immigration lawyer in response to raid filmed for reality TV

Published: March 25, 2013

VANCOUVER DESI

Border Security

A high-profile Canadian immigration lawyer has drawn comparisons between Border Security: Canada’s Front Line (top) and the American reality-TV shows starring Kim Kardashian and her family members. Photo illustration/Vancouver Desi

The controversial filming of a raid on illegal workers for National Geographic Channel’s Border Security: Canada’s Front Line has the legal fraternity buzzing, says a top immigration lawyer.

Jennifer Nees,  a Toronto-based business immigration lawyer working with Egan LLP, writes that this reality show feeds “that xenophobic, anti-immigrant attitude you read in the comments section of any online news article about immigration.”

The federal government is facing criticism on several fronts for its approval of the TV show focusing on border security after camera crews filmed the arrest of several men in Vancouver last week by officers with Canada Border Services Agency.

In her commentary titled Lights! Camera! Immigration action posted on http://www.canadianlawyermag.com  Nees wrote: “The raid that occurred, and was caught on video, affected real people who have real lives in Canada. Yes, some of them were illegal and in catching those individuals who are admittedly breaking the law, I suppose some type of justice is being served. But to televise it and possibly expose the identity and location of refugee applicants seems a step too far.”

Canada cannot allow itself to become the national equivalent of a Kardashian family member, Nees wrote referring to the infamous Hollywood family featured in U.S. reality shows.

To read the full commentary go to http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/4591/lights-camera-immigration-action.html





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