Dual citizens, immigrants could lose Canadian citizenship under new law

Published: June 7, 2015
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CANADA: Dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away, according to a new bill that went into effect last week in Canada.

The Canadian government has justified creating a two-tier citizenship system by saying it would counter the threat of “jihadi terrorism.”

The C-24 Bill could also easily be used against non-terrorists — for example a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.

Under this law, the only Canadians who can never lose their citizenship are those born in the country and who do not have another nationality (and are not eligible to apply for another nationality).

Read: Australia to introduce counter-terrorism citizenship changes

Regardless of the crimes they may be accused of, these first-class citizens can never have their citizenship taken away. Meanwhile, Canadians with another nationality (and those who are eligible to obtain another nationality) now have second-class status, even if they were born in Canada. They can be stripped of their citizenship under Bill C-24.

Currently, citizenship can be taken away mainly on the basis of crimes that are considered threats to Canada’s national security, like terrorism or espionage, or demonstrations of disloyalty to Canada, like treason.

Legal experts warned, however, that the list of offences could lead to the removal of citizenship may be expanded in the future. Additionally, Bill C-24 punishes criminal activity with exile.

Further, the Canadian government seems to think that removing the judge improves the process, but it is argued that this makes the process unfair and likely unconstitutional.

The new Bill C-24 has turned millions of Canadians into second-class citizens with reduced rights and as a result, the value of Canadian citizenship has been reduced.

This article originally appeared on BCCLA

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  • Another Indian
    Jun 7, 2015 - 6:30PM

    Looks like Pakistanis are coming home..Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Jun 7, 2015 - 7:48PM

    Bravo Canada! Finally taking action to boot these ingrate parasites who propagate hatred against their adopted countries. We need this law in America and the UK as well!Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jun 7, 2015 - 8:02PM

    I think this is the first time ever that a nation has passed a law aimed at a specific community.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Jun 7, 2015 - 8:32PM

    It is sad that due to current terrorism scare every country is trying to secure themselves with pre-preemptive measures. Immigrants go first for better life and freedom, but once their belly is full and are happy, they try to make that country similar to one they were running away from. Why they went there earlier, if they want to change that countries values and ideas. Once settled they want more rights and bigger share of pie.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Jun 7, 2015 - 8:36PM

    I can relate this to Rohingya Muslims, no country is keen on helping them, fearing once they find foothold, they will not just want food, shelter and job, but law and power, after they get out of misery. Because that is what happened in Burma first, they were there for 300 years or 90 years, but problem arises when they want more than job, trade, home and life. When they want to modulate lifestyle of natives.Recommend

  • Zif
    Jun 7, 2015 - 9:16PM

    Fair enough. They have the right to protect their country. Recommend

  • Afrooz
    Jun 7, 2015 - 10:01PM

    Why the outrage with this bill? I don’t see my fellow countrymen rise up and protest against the way the middle east countries treat outsiders. At least Canada is offering citizenship. The gulf countries continue to treat immigrants like paid slaves. Seems like hypocrisy is 2nd nature to us Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Anoni
    Jun 7, 2015 - 10:32PM

    @Fawad:

    And how did this history lesson you came up with . while using a muslim name

    By your comment you seems to legitimize terror against a whole community.

    People are Human first. and not all Human deserve to die or suffer like them. Hope this reflects on your thoughtsRecommend

  • Ibs
    Jun 7, 2015 - 11:00PM

    of course the value of the citizenship will go down. When it costs about C$200,000 to buy Canadian citizenship to begin with.Recommend

  • Shopaholic
    Jun 7, 2015 - 11:53PM

    @AnotherIndian Indians will be kicked out more than us, The population bomb India has exploded is being suffered by whole world. Pick up a stone and you will find an Indian beneath itRecommend

  • Aamir -Toronto
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:11AM

    @Another Indian……don’t you worry about the Pakistanis, its the Indians who will be kicked out from Canada !!!Recommend

  • batingar
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:13AM

    You pseudo liberals sound so stupid. Come to Canada and you’ll find even most Canadians are against this law. It implies that it’s okay if Canadian born people commit crimes but not for those who weren’t. Under this law, only the white Canadian is a “real” Canadian. Does anything sound right about that?Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:21AM

    Canadians into second-class citizens with reduced rights: So why these people hate Hitler ? World would be a better place if Germans would have won WW1 and WW2 Recommend

  • Another Pakistani
    Jun 8, 2015 - 4:16AM

    @Another Indian:
    Looks like Indians are coming home too.Recommend

  • another Pakistani
    Jun 8, 2015 - 5:38AM

    @Another Indian: more Indians than Pakistanis in Canada Recommend

  • Imran
    Jun 8, 2015 - 7:28AM

    Pakistani liberals have the tendency to always side with the master who flogs them.Recommend

  • Moore
    Jun 8, 2015 - 7:44AM

    Discrimination now legalized with another mask….The law is likley going to be abused, by those who will hide under it. Recommend

  • Moor
    Jun 8, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Discrimination now legalized with a new mask….Recommend

  • Bharatiya from Australia
    Jun 8, 2015 - 7:49AM

    Australia has also tabled similar bill few weeks back and has bipartisan support…Specially to counter some scums going to fight overseas in the name of jihad…Dare go overseas at own risk but take a one way ticket, because we are not allowing you back in..
    Unfortunately some good peace loving Pakistanis’ have to disguise themselves as Indians to save them from being looked down upon with suspicion..
    BUT please note these laws will affect anyone irrespective of which country they migrated from including if they are born and brought up here….If you do NOT want to remain in detention for rest of your life Or become kind of stateless, then abstain from doing the wrong thing. Simple.Recommend

  • kksr
    Jun 8, 2015 - 8:58AM

    @Another Pakistani:
    @Aamir -Toronto:
    @Shopaholic:
    Indians may be more in numbers, but the troublesome are the Pakistani immigrants and Khalistani activists who would be affected.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Jun 8, 2015 - 9:55AM

    The world is afraid that the religion of peace might make the world a peaceful place.Recommend

  • Another Humanbeing
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:37PM

    Indian or Pakistani or any nationality we have one world and it is equal for all of us and in mapleland where everyone is so nice this comes as a shock. Second class citizenship more like non-white canadian citizenship if you read the conditions stated above properly.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:37PM

    @Aamir -Toronto:
    @Shopaholic:

    Have you ever thought of this?
    India has a huge muslim population numbering nearly 200 million and 20% of its population, more than the muslim population in any other non-muslim country. The predominantly hindu population have been living with muslims for centuries, more than any other non-muslim country. All countries that have a muslim population of more than 3% have negative view of muslims. India, a non-muslim country with such a huge muslim population is the only country in the world that can assist muslims to build a positive image in non-muslim countries. The hindus of India can do it effectively and the muslims of India can do it to a good extent. If the muslims have problems with hindus of India, it would only make matters worse for the muslims. It would only make non-muslims think what would happen if muslim population increases in their own countries. Today, the only muslim country with which India has a problem is Pakistan. Recommend

  • Gemini
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Canada has always been generous to Muslims and have helped in every aspect. Take example of Prince Karim Aga Khan’s speech in Canadian parliament. They are only taking measures before it’s too late and they want to keep themselves aside from US wars and terrorism. I have tons of friends and family there in Canada and they are happiest people on this earth.Recommend

  • Naren
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:50PM

    @Another Pakistani: India does not allow dual citizenship. Either you are Indian Passport holder or foreign country’s passport holder. So there is no question of this dual citizenship.Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Jun 8, 2015 - 12:52PM

    There is only one country on this planet who is not racist and treat every individual on the ground of humanity without considering their race, religion, color, where every living human being enjoy the same rights, where there is no first class or second class citizens, who protect it’s land by developing its system and human intelligence.

    That country is “United States of America”, simply you can not match her dignity.,,no one can. Recommend

  • Kokab
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:36PM

    Welcome back to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kokab
    Jun 8, 2015 - 1:43PM

    @Raj – USA:

    well, India has problems with all its neighbouring countries. Not only with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Jun 8, 2015 - 2:32PM

    @Raj – USA:
    India has only two muslim countries on his sides. Bangladesh and Pakistan. Bangladesh is already sitting in the feets of India including other small neighboring countries, so naturally India does not have any problem with BD. Apart from Pakistan, India has more or less same problems with China.Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 8, 2015 - 2:37PM

    Only seems just I mean who would want a jihadi from an other country to reside in theirs just like Pakistani treatment of afghans
    If they live without commiting an offense then its fine
    I would do the same I mean afghans come across the border kill our children those people should be sent back!Recommend

  • Josh
    Jun 8, 2015 - 2:58PM

    I was born in Canada and have a Canadian / Swiss dual citizenship. I now live in Switzerland but have always considered moving back to Canada at some point. However, when I see that Canada is putting me in the same bag as “jihad terrorists”, I’m not so sure about that anymore. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, bills like these can scare away a lot of good talents from Canada like myself (having a masters in computer science with a lot of international working experience).

    Some may argue that we have nothing to fear as long as we abide by the rules. However, living as a second class citizen with the constant reminder that I can be deported due to arbitrarily changing rules (“Legal experts warned, however, that the list of offences could lead to the removal of citizenship may be expanded in the future”) is not something I am looking forward to.

    Everyone is so frightened about terrorists these days that we are flushing our freedoms down the toilet without second thoughts. It makes you wonder if this isn’t what terrorists want in the first place. Those who will pay for our mistakes are our children …Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 8, 2015 - 3:43PM

    @Naren:
    What planet are you living in. I know so many of Indian friends who have dual nationality.. they just don’t declare it… Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jun 8, 2015 - 4:45PM

    @Fawad:

    Maybe it’s about time Muslim started a little introspection on the root cause of terrorism. Maybe progressive Muslims and others should be provided platform and enough security to be able to discuss religion freely without the threat of violence. Recommend

  • Anon777
    Jun 8, 2015 - 8:33PM

    @Afrooz:
    This affects anyone with dual citizenship or those who could apply for dual citizenship, i.e. someone who was born in Canada but has a British mother is now considered a second-class citizen. This will affect a large portion of the current Canadian population.

    Right now, the laws under which you can have your citizenship revoked are limited to terrorism, but there’s is nothing to stop this list from expanding or for the definition of “terrorism” from expanding in the future. It’s a slippery slope and completely backward law.Recommend

  • citizen26
    Jun 8, 2015 - 8:43PM

    Based on this law, techincally all so called Candians should be kicked out to Europe and Asia back since Canada orgianally belongs to Red Indians (indeginious population). Well done boysRecommend

  • Naren
    Jun 8, 2015 - 10:08PM

    @pakistani: It is called PR (Permanent Residency), but passport is of India only. If they get other country’s citizenship, Indian citizenship automatically becomes null and void. Recommend

  • Loretta
    Jun 8, 2015 - 11:07PM

    According to this very few are first class citizens, because who really isn’t eligible for a second citizenship? Recommend

  • Peacemaker
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:23AM

    It doesn’t make any sense because rights are supposed to be the same to everyone. Creating a kind of Canadian who can be punished and another who can’t will bring disagreements, separatism.
    Once you give someone the privilege (it’s ok to call it a privilege) of being Canadian then taking it back later is like adopting a child who later becomes a criminal and putting it back to the streets as if you don’t have any kind of responsibility. It’s wrong. You give people hope, you must honor it. If a naturalized Canadian becomes a criminal, it’s more than right to make this person pay for it, just like you’d make a “first class” Canadian pay, not taking away something that won’t be taken away from another “class”.
    Don’t let Canada fall apart.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:28AM

    Good decision. Kudos to Canadian government. Zero tolerance for terrorism.
    @Indians. It’s not mandatory to put your nose in other countries affairs. Focus on your own problems and let others live including pigeons.

    Thanks
    Pakistani PigeonRecommend

  • Kyle
    Jun 9, 2015 - 12:38AM

    I personally do not really like the sound of all this. Now I’m a bit confused as to what kind of Canadian citizen I am?

    I was born in Canada, I am Canadian. I do NOT have a dual citizenship.

    The reason I’m questioning however is because both of my parents were born in Portugal. Both moved here in the 60’s, and neither of them have a Portuguese passport anymore. ONLY Canadian.

    Even so, what does this mean for me, and even them, exactly? Recommend

  • SK
    Jun 9, 2015 - 1:32AM

    To the so-called liberal Pakistanis hailing the return of people to their countries of origin, many of us are in Canada because people like you made Pakistan an intolerable place for us to live in. Recommend

  • Muhu
    Jun 9, 2015 - 3:49AM

    Great…

    born and Lived all my life in Canada, never broke the law, paid my taxes, not in debt or on welfare…I just happened to have a duel citizenship thanks to my parents…and now I am a second class citizen…

    That’s not fair…Recommend

  • Mo Ra
    Jun 9, 2015 - 4:42AM

    So, I was born in Canada, went to school here, worked here, voted in elections, had my family here, and my grandkids were born here. I have no criminal record, and a lifetime of 3 speeding tickets.

    My parents became German citizens as kids, and have remained German citizens, became landed immigrants in Canada in 1952. I never lived in Germany nor voted there nor processed any paperwork whatsoever in Germany, my Canadian citizenship can still be revoked. Someone please tell me how this makes sense. I don’t understand.Recommend

  • Chris
    Jun 9, 2015 - 6:59AM

    This stupid law made me now to a second class Canadian….WTF?!Recommend

  • Jordannne
    Jun 9, 2015 - 7:01AM

    @Iron hand: I totally agree with you – this has been posted all over my FB wall about how unfair it is – I had to bite my tongue because I think it’s great. Like the tools that ran out of their houses and danced for joy while living in America during the 9/11 attacks – I don’t care what happened in your own country to justify your joy at the death of your new countrymen and women. It’s quite the double-edged sword! Diversity has gone too far when you see gender-segregated pools popping up and you’re not allowed to feel threatened when you’re working alone and a bunch of burka-clad people come into your work space – cuz that would make you a bigot, or you’ll be accused of white “ethnocentrism” – I learned that word when I agreed the a woman should show her face… lolRecommend

  • Jordannne
    Jun 9, 2015 - 7:04AM

    @Ashraf: LOL!! Religion of Peace?? Atheism is the only religion of peace!Recommend

  • OI
    Jun 9, 2015 - 7:04AM

    This bill is ludicrous and paranoia at its highest. Because Canada cannot leave a person stateless, they have added this ‘convenient’ clause stating that an individual convicted of such crimes would be ‘forced’ to take his/her parents’ nationality by descent. So far the government has been unable to use this against Omar Khadr (a Canadian born ex Gitmo prisoner of Egyptian descent). Let us see how the cookie crumbles. In theory, if you are kosher then there is nothing to worry about but we all know that reality can play out very differently. Recommend

  • Jordannne
    Jun 9, 2015 - 7:05AM

    @Fawad: Bang on… Recommend

  • melissa
    Jun 9, 2015 - 8:15AM

    My son a 9 yr old can be stripped of his citizenship
    His mom, grandma and sister all born csnadian. He’s born american, now in Canada with canadian citizenship, risks losing it because of being born american. Because of a few bad people- people like him and my dad can be punished.Recommend

  • Voice of tReason
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:38AM

    @Iron hand:
    “these ingrate parasites who propagate hatred”

    Let that sink in for a moment. Recommend

  • powvow
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:13AM

    @Shopaholic & Aamir – Toronto – Indians (Hindus) add value wherever they go and don’t create nuisance.. The fact that most of them are CEOs in global corporations or winners in contests (Spelling bee etc.) is a proof of the same. Even the Gulf countries routinely behead your folks and not us. So no, we won’t be coming home.. You would be sent packing off.Recommend

  • Freeborn
    Jun 10, 2015 - 3:17AM

    @Iron hand: You do not understand the implications of this and what it means for millions of Canadians who are no longer considered equal to citizens in contrast to those born with no other nationality.Recommend

  • Bad
    Jun 10, 2015 - 2:27PM

    Indians were 2nd class citizens from last 1000 years under Muslim rulers so doesn’t matter if being in Canada @Another Indian: Recommend

  • Banannikka
    Jun 10, 2015 - 2:33PM

    @batingar:
    I’m a white Canadian born in Canada and I can now lose my citzenship, so even saying only “white” Canadians are “real” Canadians doesn’t work.

    Tons of my white Canadian friends hold dual citizenships, even after being born in Canada.Recommend

  • Banannikka
    Jun 10, 2015 - 2:39PM

    @Kyle:
    Depends on Portuguese citizenship laws. How long have they not had a Portuguese passport? I know some countries you can lose your former citizenship if you obtain a 2nd citizenship and then don’t keep up with your old citizenship (I’m explaining this really poorly).

    For example I’m Canadian – Dutch but something like if my Dutch passport expires and then I don’t renew it for over 10 years (or something, I’ve never really been cautious because since I’ve moved to the EU I need to keep a valid passport), I can lose my Dutch citizenship.

    Interestingly, the Netherlands is trying to push a similar bill to the one Canada just passed. So if it gets passed in the Netherlands, and then I decide to join a terrorist group, which citizenship would I lose? Recommend

  • Gemma
    Jun 10, 2015 - 6:46PM

    As someone who was born outside of Canada to my Canadian parents due to the fact that they were serving in the military overseas, this is ridiculous. People are simply stating, that the follow the rules of the law and nothing will happen, however this not only effects our growing population but how may this issue be pushed in the future? “Legal experts warned, however, that the list of offences could lead to the removal of citizenship may be expanded in the future. Additionally, Bill C-24 punishes criminal activity with exile.” Expanded to what in the future? Why should we Canadians be forced to live in this insecurity?Recommend

  • Joseph
    Jun 12, 2015 - 5:46AM

    I’m a bit confused. In order to protect our freedom we give up our freedom? We have introduced a law that treats Canadians differently? Do we not already have laws that punish the guilty?Recommend

  • Omid
    Jun 13, 2015 - 5:14PM

    It’s been 6 and half year since I’ve had become a citizen ship of Canada. Recommend

  • Abbas Latif
    Jun 13, 2015 - 10:44PM

    I honestly don’t think that this is that bad of a legislation. There are mainly three reasons you can get stripped off from your citizenship. One is Treason(espionage, sharing state secrets, acts against the armed forces of Canada), High Treason(acts of treason towards the royal family) and terrorism. The average punishment for a Canadian citizen for these crimes would be life imprisonment. The only reason that Canada had to implement a seperate law for dual nationals is because of an accord they signed with the United Nations stating that they can not leave a citizen stateless. I’m very sure that dual nationals who would be convicted would prefer being deported rather then spend their lives in prison like Canadians with just a Canadian Passport. I for one as a member of the immigrant community wouldn’t want to live beside someone whose been convicted of such crimes. Recommend

  • reason
    Jun 14, 2015 - 11:13PM

    I think this law should be reserved for those who are proven to have connections to terror. In all fairness, I think it is unfair for these naturalised or terrorists of other countries’ background to use Western passports to commit mass murders everywhere they go.

    But the law has gone too far. Is there gonna be a limit of driving tickets I must not go beyond in order not to have my citizenship stripped? One will always live in fear knowing that some overzealous authourity may want to exercise his discretion to strip me a fellow citizen like him of my citizenship, just because I filed my taxes late or something like that. This law should be revised as it could create problems in the future.

    The terrorists and only the terrorists should be targeted. I think that is the simple thing to do and everyone would understand this.Recommend

  • PaulineMcGrath
    Jun 19, 2015 - 8:02AM

    Canadian Citizenship is a privilege not a right.
    How much freedom would a person enjoy if he is afraid to leave
    his home.Would anyone want a mass murder to be living
    beside him.
    My freedom as a woman is being able to walk on the street
    and not be worried or afraid of something happening.
    This has been a long time coming.
    A lot of countries are doing the same thing.
    You are either a Canadian or you’re not.
    You cannot serve 2 mastersRecommend

  • Ameir
    Jun 27, 2015 - 5:54AM

    I think this is type bearuecratic behaviour policy with high numbers of disruptive politition in Ottawa by steeling goverment money just want to cover their problems so they have to create another problems in the society so they can be safer.
    if they are serious on that issue they should not let any immigrant to be a citizen thus all
    and if they are serious about that even PM Harper was born Canada but his parents came from yorkshire England so does he has to go back in England if it happen to commit crime especially for the opportunity he has is easily to commit crime against humanityRecommend

  • Ivy123
    Jun 29, 2015 - 3:50AM

    What about refugees who fled to Canada because they literally had no choice and became stateless? Recommend

  • Tammy
    Jun 29, 2015 - 10:43PM

    I was born in Germany on a Canadian base due to my dad being posted from Canada right before I was born (mom was 8 months pregnant). I’ve lived in Canada since I was 4 years old and don’t know anything about Germany or the language. Bill C-24 now makes it so that if I share something on facebook that the government thinks is wrong, I could be deported and they could also target my 5 children and 3 grandchildren (all born here in Canada) because of my German/Canadian status. People claim its a good thing but what about people like me who had no choice in where we were born due to unforseen circumstances? Does that mean it’s a good thing that I have no rights? As far as I am concerned I am and always will be a Canadian. I came from Canadian parents, born on a canadian base and have lived here most of my life. Recommend

  • Marion Vermeersch
    Jul 2, 2015 - 6:57PM

    @Iron hand: In the last round of what seemed to be 9/11 paranoia, Canada stripped citizenship from many people for 12 ridiculous reasons. One was being a child of a War Bride from WWII, which is the group my brother and I fell in as Dad was a Canadian soldier (Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Artillery) and Mom was his British War Bride. We were born in England and came to Canada to join Dad in 1946. We’ve lived here ever since, my brother spent a career in the Canadian Navy and then 10 years with a police force. My family farmed, worked, participated in communities and paid all taxes. But in 2003-4, we found that our citizenship was stripped: we were told harshly that we never should have been given it in the first place, that there were no Canadian citizens before 1947 and my parents should never have had it either.

    Many of the 12 groups got theirs back, grudgingly, from the government in amendments of 2009 but there are still 4 groups outstanding. This has caused a huge amount of aggravation, expense, hardship and time wasted fighting the Canadian government on this. The treatment from officials and some politicians has been rude, to say the least.

    So this is an example of the kind of people who will be targeted to show that Canada is “tough on crime” My husband, who emigrated with his family from Belgium after WWII as they served with the British Army, is now, due to this law, a second-class citizen as you do not lose Belgian citizenship when you become Canadian. (We have never travelled to the countries where we were born.) My children, who automatically got Canadian citizenship by birth but also British citizenship because of my birth there, are now relegated to second class, although they are excellent, hardworking Canadians. I am still trying to get mine back..

    This is not the Canada in which I grew up and lived for 70 years. My parents, who used to volunteer for the Conservative party at election times, would be horrified to know how the present day ones have treated their children and veterans in general. The farming community where we live has always been welcoming to immigrants and we have people here from all over the world. Most don’t even know they are, or could be, citizens of another country and therefore now “second class citizens”.

    I cannot agree with your feeling Canada should be commended for this legislation and I resent myself and other immigrants being referred to as “ingrate parasites”.Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 24, 2015 - 10:07AM

    @Mohammad:
    They will pay for it very soon.Recommend

  • cappi
    Sep 19, 2015 - 9:18PM

    I’m am immigrant with dual citizenship and I don’t have any issue with this law. Live your life according to the laws of the land and you’ve got little to worry about. I see the “principle of the matter” argument but I’m taking a practical view. Live a law-abiding life, keep your head down and you’ll be fine. After all, you came here looking for a better life so, stop moaning about how horrible it is or go back.Recommend

  • Marion Vermeersch
    Sep 22, 2015 - 5:48AM

    @cappi Well, no one in my family did anything but live according to the laws of the land and we did not worry because who would have thought that would ever happen. Our citizenship was unexpectedly stripped after 60+ years of working, paying taxes, contributing etc. . I have been told through the last 11 years that my father could not have qualified as a citizen because he was out of the country for 5 years prior to 1947, serving in WWII. And others lost theirs for equally stupid reasons, i.e. being born on a military base overseas, not filling out a reaffirmation form before your 28th birthday, a form no one ever heard of, etc.
    Now my children are second class citizens in the country in which they were born and have lived their lives. There is no way to allow graduation to first class, either, as you cannot rewrite your family history. My daughter has spent time abroad, working for a year, studying on an exchange to do with her medical profession and volunteering in Africa for a time with children with AIDS: she will be restricted if she wants to do things like that now.
    I feel I am taking a practical view on this myself: what is practical about curtailing positive experiences of your citizens and taking citizenship from perfectly good citizens who might otherwise have supported the government.Recommend

  • Adumb
    Oct 31, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Oh yeah Canada :( I was going back to Russia anyways.Recommend

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