Judge Holden has been spending a bit of time here lately. And he laid down a challenge to us this morning with this comment:
Judge Holden said...
And what's Pansy Wong's involvement in all this?
Officials don't request that an individual's residence be revoked. That's not even close to their job. You really don't have any understanding at all of how these things work do you?
Sheesh; you Labour shrills must be worried if you have to keep raising the Pansy Wong defence.
Give me time later in the day when I have a proper Internet connection, and you'll get a full rebuttal. But when even Willie Jackson reckons that his mate Jones is in deep strife, it must be bad.
Jones, as Associate Immigration Minister, was presumed to have seen immigration files on Yang Liu, in addition to his role as delegated Internal Affairs Minister. It was in that latter role that Jones gave Liu New Zealand citizenship, against the explicit warnings of officials who told him Liu’s identity was believed fake and that his citizenship application was fraudulent.Internal Affairs sources have told TGIF that a recommendation also went to the Minister of Immigration recommending Liu’s permanent residency be revoked while it was still possible to do so, but the Minister overturned it.TGIF spoke to then Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove who denied any involvement with the Liu case and said such cases would normally have been handled by the Associate Minister. Cosgrove subsequently told us this week he’d received a verbal briefing from officials confirming they believed Liu’s residency had been obtained fraudulently, and that he was under investigation. But Cosgrove reiterated he had never seen Liu’s file or received any written briefing.Yet our OIA request to the Immigration Service for the file to Shane Jones recommending residency be revoked turned up a surprise answer:“Papers of that nature were sent to a previous Minister of Immigration and are withheld,” confirmed Api Fiso, the Group Manager for Border Security at the Immigration Service.With Cosgrove out of the picture, that left his predecessor David Cunliffe in the gun. It now appears Cunliffe was, like Jones, explicitly warned about Yang Liu’s fraudulent residency application, yet for inexplicable reasons chose not to revoke the Labour party donor’s visa when he had the chance.
Had David Cunliffe followed the recommendation/request/advice from Immigration New Zealand officials (call it by whatever name you will) and revoked Liu's residence, the issue of citizenship would have been moot. But Cunliffe's actions are of now suprise; after all, he was the Minister who famously said "I'm running this show now Mr Ryall" around the same time, and who sacked the democratically elected Hawke's Bay District Health Board in 2008, a decision which he subsequently had to reverse or face a legal challenge.