Why we can’t remove a foreign criminal

Sanity prevailed this week, as Chief Justice Paul S. Crampton of the Federal Court overturned earlier decisions to release a violent refugee back onto our streets.

The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) had, on at least seven previous occasions, ruled to release hardened criminal and Rwandan refugee Jacob Damiany Lunyamila, despite a long list of disturbing criminal convictions.

Lunyamila arrived in Canada — without documentation — in 1994, and was granted refugee status in 1996.