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Immigration (Mass Arrivals) Amendment Bill

Introduced on March 28. The bill makes changes to the immigration regime to manage irregular migrants by providing more time for District Courts to consider an application for a mass arrival warrant of commitment and allowing migrants to be detained until an application is determined. It also clarifies responsibilities of members of a mass arrival group to apply for entry permission and a visa. First reading on March 29, opposed by the Greens and Te Paati Māori and referred to the foreign affairs, defence and trade Committee. Immigration (Mass Arrivals) Amendment Bill