Supreme Court of Canada hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

A man from Pakistan wants Canadian law to give migrants being held in detention the ability to challenge their imprisonment in front of a judge.

The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments Wednesday on a case asking for immigration detainees to be given access to “habeas corpus” — a legal provision allowing anyone being held in custody the right to challenge their detention before a judge.

Giving non-citizens rights that are now reserved for Canadians sets a dangerous precedent.