2 Aug 2019

Lawyer slams Immigration NZ for targeting students, not agents

From Morning Report, 7:41 am on 2 August 2019

A lawyer is accusing the Labour-led government of sitting on its hands and allowing a "harsh and draconian" interpretation of the country's immigration law.

Alastair McClymont says Immigration New Zealand wants to make foreign students liable for the actions of unregulated offshore education agents - whether they were aware of any fraud or not.

An ombudsman investigation has found that legislation does give the Government the power to place all of the blame on the students.

But Mr McClymont told Susie Ferguson that's unfair, and goes against everything Labour said while it was in opposition.