The government has finally asserted its authority over the Immigration New Zealand asking it to revert back to normal ways of assessing partnership visa for Kiwi-Indians.
The government and the Labour Party, in particular, were cornered by the rising resentment within the Kiwi-Indian community for an “operational change” brought about by Immigration New Zealand that had unfairly treated the visa applications for bringing their legitimate partners into the country.
Hundreds, if not thousands of applications of Kiwi-Indian migrants currently in the country, residents or citizens, have been declined on an arbitrary exercise of discretion by Immigration New Zealand in the last few months, causing great anxiety within the community.
To make it worse, Immigration New Zealand has done this without any explicit government directive or approval, raising concern in the community about who was in charge of the executive.
New Zealand First Party had opportunistically sought to take credit of an inadvertently bureaucratic-decision that has no cabinet approval, putting the Immigration Minister and the government on the dock.
The immigration Minister and the Prime Minister were on the defensive for some time, especially when asked to respond against the seemingly racist dirt thrown by Minister Shane Jones on the Kiwi-Indian community.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Immigration New Zealand "carte blanche of their own backs made changes - our expectation is that we return to the way we were operating prior to the changes that were made''.
Immigration Lawyer Alastair McClymont (Photo: Radio New Zealand)
She said it wasn't a decision made by any minister - in direct contrast to Mr Peters' claims New Zealand First influenced the decision and Immigration New Zealand, saying the change was made in line with government policy.
"That was changed as a result of Immigration New Zealand officials changing the way they're operating. They did not do that under the authority of Cabinet, my expectation is that we will reverse back to the status quo and the way it was operating before,'' Ms Ardern said.
Immigration Lawyer Alastair McClymont, who had first caused a furore by making a suggestion that the Immigration New Zealand was racially biased against Indian applicants of partnership visa has expressed rejoice with the news of government back down.
“The government has opened a new front in the war on Indian migrants,” Mr McClymont had then asserted inviting some criticism from Member of Parliaments in the government.
Speaking to the Indian Weekender Mr McClymont said, “It is indeed delightful to see the government taking control of the mess that has been causing huge distress in a lot of my clients and beyond.”
“When the Kiwi-Indian community, media, and the immigration lawyers with a passion for fighting racism and discrimination, work together, then anything is possible,” an elated Mr McClymont said.
The Indian Weekender had been vociferously raising the issue on behalf of the community and the larger global reputation of New Zealand.