The Toronto Sun reports that the Canadian government is halting immigration for the time being in the midst of Wuhan virus outbreak.
According to a federal government official, the immigration program is on hold while travel restrictions stay in place.
The Trudeau government has already set targets of 341,000 permanent residents in 2020 followed by hikes of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.
“Currently, only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family are allowed to board flights to Canada or to enter through the Canada-US border,” said Kevin Lemkay, the press secretary for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino.
“Despite the current travel restrictions, IRCC continues to accept and process applications,” Lemkay stated.
During this period of travel restriction, the department announced that no application currently in progress will be closed or rejected due to a lack of documentation. Those applications will stay open even if normal timelines for submitting biometrics or a medical exam are not fulfilled.
More than one million Canadians have applied for employment insurance in the last two weeks. The government is expecting about 4 million people applying for emergency benefits in the weeks to come. According to a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canadian unemployment could reach 15 percent this year, triple what it was before the crisis started.
If Canada wants to maintain social cohesion and serve its citizens adequately, it would put a lid on immigration.
Meanwhile, it’s giving living lessons on immigration to America — which is still importing 85,000 H-1B graduate gig workers during this crisis— on migration restriction.
A truly bizarre scenario.
Supreme Court Overturns NY Cuomo’s Coronavirus Restrictions on Houses of Worship
Religious freedom restored.
The US Supreme Court has overturned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship, preventing the state from enforcing limits on attendance at religious services.
The decision was reached by a 5-4 ruling on Wednesday night, with recently-confirmed Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett proving to be a decisive vote on overruling the restrictions. Bush administration appointee John Roberts joined progressive judges in voting to allow Cuomo to restrict attendance at religious services.
The ruling justices issued a majority opinion which identified the religious restrictions as a violation of the First Amendment not otherwise applied to “essential” businesses.
Cuomo’s 10 and 25-person occupancy restrictions were decided to “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment,” with justices pointing to a lack of restrictions on other institutions. Catholics of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Orthodox Jews had united in a lawsuit challenging the restrictions, which New York has recently sought to walk back of its own accord. Andrew Cuomo had applied no such restrictions to arbitrary businesses allowed to open, such as acupuncture and nail salons. Meanwhile, religious organizations have been required to turn away worshipers at their doors.
It’s not up to governors to dictate to American citizens whether or not they can attend religious services. Some things are simply best determined by personal conscience, as opposed to governmental mandates.
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