Hell’s Angels declared criminal organization by IRB, deportations from Canada ensue
The Immigration and Refugee Board has officially declared the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club a criminal organization and at least four members have been deported from Canada – one of whom has been in Canada since 1979 but had never gotten their Canadian citizenship. Alejandro Chung, a native of Chile, was the most recently deported person associated with the Hells Angels.
It seems as though Canadian officials are now using the Immigration and Refugee Board to help tackle gangs in Canada.
While the Hells Angels is notoriously one of the largest biker gangs in the world and the majority of members have criminal records, there is a bit of a problem as Chung was not a member. He was a prospect, not a member of a criminal organization – which is what makes you inadmissible to Canada.
It seems that the government is going after the Hells Angels hard, using any means they can – including immigration law, which they can use more to their advantage than criminal law.
A number of members who haven’t obtained their Canadian citizenship but are legally in Canada are also being deported – including a member who arrived in Canada in 1979 from Scotland. Officials denied him entry to Canada in 2010 as he was returning home, and deported him to the United Kingdom.
Let this be a lesson that if you are a permanent resident of Canada and associate with criminal organizations, you can be deported or denied entry if you try to return to Canada.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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