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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada to overhaul Immigration Act Returning deportees to face criminal charges OTTAWA (CP) Deportees will not be able to return to Canada without facing criminal charges under a one-line amendment to the Immigration Act expected in the next session of Parliament. The amendment will be part of an omnibus bill containing various changes in the Criminal Code to be introduced by Justice Minister Otto Lang, immigration officials said. Immigration Minister Robert Andras said recently the amendment will put teeth in a section of the 1952 Immigration Act which prohibits deportees irom re-entering the country but does not provide for punishment for doing so. "They weren't supposed to come back without the minister (of immigration's) permission once he said. "But there were no teeth (in the prohibition) and we've had some very embarrassing situations. As soon as you got them across the border they'd come in the back door. "We want to make it very unprofitable for criminals re-en- tering the said Jean Edmonds, assistant deputy minister in charge of immigration. The amendment, Mrs. Edmonds said, will bring laws with regard to deportees "closer in line with other countries." A spokesman for Mr. Andras later said that most deportees who return repeatedly come from the United States. "We've had people coming back for the eighth or ninth time... some arrive back... before their escorts" (immigra- tion officials assigned to escort the deportee across the The problem is acute in Toronto, but several instances have been reported in Montreal and Vancouver, he said. The amendment will provide a fine and imprisonment for those who return without special permission. Confirmation by Mr. Andras and his officials that such amendments have been drafted into legislation is a response to a York County grand jury report last week criticizing the department's apparent inability to control the entry and re- entry of criminals. In an interview Friday, Ontario's deputy attorney-general, Frank Callaghan, was said to have called on the federal gov- eminent to tighten its screening procedures and devise ways to keep criminals out. Mr. Andras said Friday he expects to introduce amend- ments to the point system governing admission of immigrants this week. They will favor those with skills for which there are job vacancies. Those with job offers or who are willing to go to areas where the labor market is less glutted also would be preferred. The point-system changes and the amendment-.on deportees, he said in an interview, likely will be the last in'a long series of measures begun after he took over -the immigration portfolio Nov. The immigration tidy-up began early in November, 1972, when former immigration minister Bryce Mackasey revoked a section of the Immigration Act which since 1967 had permitted visitors to apply for landed status. On Dec. 28 that year Mr. Andras announced new immigra- tion regulations which, as of Jan. 1, 1973, require visitors planning to stay longer than three months to register with an immigration officer. Those planning to work during their stay must obtain work permits. In July, the Commons gave final approval to a bill expanding the capacity of the immigration appeal board, designed to help it clear a backlog of more than cases. NATO's 25th birthday may be unhappy one Odd creature Looking as if it were assembled from the spare parts of several different animals, a four-pound South African sardvark, a few days old, contemplates visitors at the nursery of the San Diego Zoo. WASHINGTON (AP) -The North Atlantic Treaty Organ- ization (NATO) will be 25 years old in April but it may not be a happy birthday. Whether any celebration can be held April 4, the day the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in 1949, depends on when two controversial declarations of principle will be ready for signing by the 15 member countries. The two documents are an attempt to update the mission of the Atlantic Alliance, taking into consideration the needs for North American- European defence and the' problems involved within the European Common Market itself. NATO was formed when the Western countries realized the Soviet Union, buttressed by its newly-won satellites in Eastern Europe, had no intention of relaxing its intransigence toward the West.. Soviet acquisition of nuclear knowhow by means of a spy ring that spread through British, American and Canadian atomic establishments sharpened the alarm in the non-Communist world. Then U.S. state secretary John Dulles launched the NATO concept in answer to Russia's cold war. American aid, arms and troops again poured into Europe. In the early 1960s, however, Gen. Charles de Gualle of France withdrew his country from the alliance and evicted it from its Paris headquarters. De Gaulle, always suspicious of Washington's motives, devised his own form of detente with the Soviet Union. NATO headquarters was moved to Brussels. Then came the thawing of the cold war and the United States' own detente concept with the Soviet Union which has stepped up the volume of muted calls for reducing U.S. troop strength in Europe. U.S. officials would like one of the controversial documents, a declaration on military-and defence-related issues, to be signed either by the heads of government or at least in their presence at the 25th birthday celebration. The other declaration, prepared by the Common Market, should be ready at the same time. 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