A resolution passed at the federal Conservative Party policy convention in Halifax over the weekend deserves serious consideration by our elected officials … and not for just the “birth tourism” impact the media have been emphasizing in their coverage.
The resolution, supported by a small majority of delegates, if ever introduced in Parliament and then passed into law would deny automatic Canadian citizenship to children born here if neither of the parents are Canadian citizens or hold legal permanent resident status.
The motion was motivated by growing concerns over birth tourism … under which a pregnant mother who is a citizen of a foreign country comes to Canada and has her child …. thus garnering automatic Canadian citizenship/Passport/education/health care/social safety net for the baby … and possibly easing the whole family’s entry/sponsorship into the country down the road.
However, the numbers behind birth tourism hardly support such a major change in long-held Canadian citizenship rules/rights: news reports say the number of babies born in Canada to foreign-citizenship parents totally anywhere from 699 in 2012 to 313 in 2016.
As Global News noted, all Canadian births totalled more than 383,000 on 2016 … so the tourism births amounted to only 0.1%.
So what’s the REAL concern?
I put it to you a real target of the Tories’ new proposed policy … unstated, but a growing concern for many Canadians … are the thousands of FAKE refugee claimants who have been crossing illegally into Canada for the past year and a half.
Read the actual resolution that passed: ““We encourage the government to enact legislation which will fully eliminate birthright citizenship in Canada unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”
Birth tourists would be only some of those affected … a small part, in fact.
Last year alone, more than 26,000 refugee claimants entered Canada illegally through fields and farms along our southern border and you can add to that another 7,612 who entered Canada illegally in the first four months of 2018. On top of the 7,810 who made legal asylum claims at actual border crossings in 2017.
Many Canadians believe MOST of those are just economic migrants saying “to hell with Canada’s immigration laws” or having to apply legally as immigrants and going through the lengthy process that entails.
These illegals know or are taught very well by sympathetic supporters how slow the Canadian “refugee claimant” system operates and how it can be “worked” (housing, financial assistance, health care, social services) … for years, while bureaucratic assessments, interviews, and then, if turned down, how appeals and court appeals and ministerial appeals etc. can drone on.
And they also know how HELPFUL it could be to have a child or two born here while going through the whole process … perfect props for teary-eyed mothers and their Canadian friends/relatives/clergy to then parade before the cameras, pleading NOT to ship these beautiful “Canadian-born citizen” children … and their parents … off to some lesser land.
(I can almost hear the CBC National producers/camera crews/reporters starting their engines!)
However, if these people … however sad their plight … are NOT real refugees, but just flagrantly ignored our immigration laws and processes … that’s a real problem in many Canadians’ minds … and both a political and financial problem for our governments.
And while these illegal economic migrants use pregnancies and births to get around the rules … real aspiring immigrants to Canada sit overseas … doing the paperwork, answering questions and waiting their turns.
How silly of them!
Having a baby here seems so much easier … unless the Tory proposal gets some serious consideration and Canada’s increasingly abused citizenship system changes … as it already has in other countries.
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