Canadian border guards have busted a human smuggling ring and rounded up 85 people, including some 35 children. The bust, involving Roma from a village in Romania, is thought to have occurred and individuals are being questioned in the Greater Toronto Area.
Three or four of those arrested were thought to be the organizers.
The group will be labelled “irregular arrivals” under the new Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. This means the smugglers could face mandatory minimum sentences and increased fines if convicted.
Migrants over the age of 16 could face detention while authorities establish their identities and ensure they are not inadmissible on criminal or other grounds. Should any of them seek and be denied asylum, the new provisions would make it easier to deport them. Irregular arrivals who obtain refugee status also face a conditional permanent residency for five years and are barred from sponsoring family members for five years.