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Immigration Detainees: Immigration Hearings

immigration detainees: Immigration detainees do not always stay in custody all the way up to their pending immigration hearings or deportation, according to NOW Magazine. Instead, their detention is reviewed on a regular basis once within 48 hours of arrest, a second time within a week of the first review and from then on, approximately every 30 days. As I described in detail in a previous article, these detentions are authorized by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act IRPA . Foreign nationals and permanent residents can be put in jail if they are believed to be inadmissible to Canada and if they are found to be either a danger to the Canadian public or unlikely to appear for deportation or another immigration proceeding. At the end of these reviews, a member of the immigration division of the Immigration and Refugee Board Member decides whether or not the detainee will be released. Even when represented by counsel, the odds are stacked against the detainee. While, at a casual glance, these reviews give detainees repeated and regular chances to plead for their freedom, the actual process of detention reviews makes them a frustrating and often fruitless experience. ( As reported in the news.