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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that, due to the half-baked measures introduced by the Harper Conservatives, the IRB developed a backlog of 32,000 refugee cases. We promised that we would do better for those people, some of whom had been waiting for a hearing for as long

May 7th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, on critical, failed records, under the Harper Conservatives, Canadians only had 5,000 spaces to sponsor parents or grandparents. We have increased that to 20,000. We have 20,000 spaces now that allows Canadians and permanent residents to sponsor their parents

January 28th, 2019House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, international adoptions must always protect the safety and well-being of the children, as well as comply with the laws of both countries. Harmonizing these laws can be challenging, but the Harper Conservatives did not conduct enough consultations to make sure

October 30th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship   available for Canadians to sponsor their parents and grandparents, we have cut the backlog that we inherited from the Harper Conservatives by 80% and we have introduced a more fair application process. The Liberal government continues to deliver an immigration system that works for all

September 20th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply   refugees. However, the member opposite talks about compassion. I wonder where her compassion was when she sat at the cabinet table when the Harper Conservatives cut refugee health care to the most vulnerable people in the world, pregnant women, victims of torture. LGBTQ2 refugees had

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, the hon. member is actually speaking about the record of her party when it was in office. It was the Harper Conservatives who had really bad wait times for refugees. It was the Harper Conservatives who had really bad wait times on allocations for privately sponsored

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, that is still 4,500 more than the Harper Conservatives had in their allocation. We are committed to ensuring we increase the levels of allocations for parent and grandparent sponsorships in 2019, increasing them further in 2020 as part of our immigration levels plan

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, the hon. member is bringing passion to the issue of border security, but he knows very clearly that the Harper Conservatives cut $390 million from border security operations. They introduced a convoluted scheduling system into the IRB that resulted in thousands

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, if spending more money on border security operations and faster processing of refugee claims is doing a bad job, then I am guilty as charged. The fact is that we are making the necessary investments, after the horrendous cuts made by the Harper Conservatives

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, only the Harper Conservatives would talk about border security after they cut almost $400 million from border security operations. Only the Harper Conservatives would pretend to care about compassionate treatment of refugees after they cut refugee health care

May 8th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the Harper Conservatives would not know what compassion is if it hit them in the face. The Harper Conservatives cut $400 million from border security operations, and they pretend to care about the border. The Harper Conservatives kept families apart, with spouses

May 7th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply   and family reunification from five to seven years under the previous Harper Conservatives to 12 months. I have made a commitment to the caregiver community that we will eliminate the remaining cases in the backlog by the end of 2018. Caregivers are an important segment of our population

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Chair, we are very proud of the fact that we are once again making the necessary investments in more border security operations to allow the CBSA to do the work it was hampered in doing by the Harper Conservative cuts of $390 million. We are proud to be making

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply   immigration processing, but they left us with an abysmal record of backlogs and very long processing times. Live-in caregivers, for example, who provide an invaluable service to Canadian families, under the Harper Conservatives had to wait for between five and seven years to reunite

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, the fact of the matter is that we have doubled the number of resettled refugees compared to the Harper Conservatives. We have quadrupled the number of privately sponsored refugees compared to the Conservatives' numbers. We have reduced the processing time of privately

May 24th, 2018House debate

Ahmed HussenLiberal