PRESS RELEASE | Erica Stanford MP | 15 April 2021 -
Split migrant family inquiry cruelly vetoed by Labour
Labour’s refusal to back a select committee inquiry into the issues migrants face is a further blow to those desperate to be reunited with their partners and children, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.
Labour members of Parliament’s Education and Workforce Committee voted against Ms Stanford’s motion to open an inquiry, which would have examined migrant issues caused by Covid-19, the closed border and Immigration New Zealand’s policies.
“Many of our migrants have had their lives upended by our closed border,” Ms Stanford says.
“At last week’s Reunite Families protest, National MPs heard the heart-breaking stories of maths teachers, engineers and nurses who had not seen their young children for more than 400 days.
“No Labour MPs attended the protest and this week Labour chose not to support an inquiry that would have given these migrants a platform for their voices to be heard.