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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. Reported back on July 27 2023 with the select committee unable to agree on whether it should proceed. Some said there was no need for the bill, while others wanted changes. The new govt decided to process with the bill getting its second reading on May 7 with the Greens and Te Pāti Māori opposed. Second reading completed on May 22 with the govt inserting a number of changes.

Immigration (Mass Arrivals) Amendment Bill