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The Government of Canada's proposal to detain immigrants in federal prisons faces backlash

Human rights groups urge Canada to reconsider a budget plan allowing immigrant detention in federal prisons, citing potential exposure to harsh conditions. As provinces opt out of housing immigrants in their jails, the government proposes amendments to house high-risk detainees in federal facilities. Despite assurances of separate areas for immigrants, critics argue this contradicts Canadian values. Detainees, who may be barred for crimes or human rights violations, lack the same rights as regular criminals. Critics point out concerns over human rights violations and the possibility of indefinite detention. Given that federal holding facilities already have a capacity for almost 500 people, these could serve as a feasible alternative.

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