Changes to what constitutes a ‘character concern’ - and the consequences for people who have had their visas cancelled under character grounds – quietly passed in February when the Australian parliament resumed for two weeks with attention focussed on energy policy and party vote-preference deals in the Western Australia.
As part of the Kaldor Centre’s series of Legislative Briefs, Khanh Hoang explains The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017 (Cth). He outlines key issues including: procedural fairness concerns; the potential for double punishment; lack of disclosure of information to the visa holder; and ability to seek judicial review.
5 things to read on Trump's executive orders
Looking for background and analysis of US President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees? Here are five reads to get an overview of developments and key issues:
1. Matt Zapotosky, 'Trump says he’ll issue a new executive order on immigration by next week', Washington Post, 16 Feb 2017
President Trump indicates that he will soon issue a new executive order on immigration.
2. Maryellen Fullerton, 'Trump, Turmoil and Terrorism: The US Immigration and Refugee Ban', Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, 16 Feb 2017
A clear explainer on the current executive orders on immigration outlining key developments and legal challenges since they were signed.
3. Fiona Adamson, 'Trump’s Executive Orders on Migration and Security: Policy Incompetence, Political Theater or Ideological Pivot?' Center for Migration Studies, 9 Feb 2017
A discussion of the current executive orders' policy merits and political motivations.
4. 'The Impact of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Asylum Seekers', Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Harvard Law School, 8 Feb 2017
An analysis of the human rights implications of the current executive orders for asylum seekers in the US, including concerns about detention, due process and refoulement.
5. ‘Facts on Trump’s Immigration Order’, Factcheck.org, 9 Feb 2017
A factcheck on the number of people affected by the current executive orders, relevant legal arguments, the links between terrorism and immigration in the US, and the US refugee resettlement process.
Where to find:
The text of the current executive orders