This paper examines a major federal migrant policy within Canada, the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), as a discursive mechanism that I argue perpetuates racializing identities of immigrants and refugees. By performing a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of the IRPA, a number of themes are identified that construct immigrants and refugees in both racializing and securitizing terms. General themes from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are then used to interrogate these identified themes within the IRPA. I conclude by suggesting that implementing and emphasizing humanitarian discourse within the IRPA can dislodge controversial security measures from operating within a space of legal exception to the Charter.
Jantzi, Matt, "‘Stranger Danger’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act" (2015). Sociology Major Research Papers. 6.