Canada In Midst Of Largest-ever Crackdown On Illegal Citizens: Kenney

December 10, 2011 by staff 

Canada In Midst Of Largest-ever Crackdown On Illegal Citizens: Kenney, The Harper Conservatives have laid out plans to revoke 26 times more Canadian citizenships than all previous governments — combined.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday his department is looking to pry citizenship away from more than 2,100 people he believes cheated the system. That total has climbed from 1,800 when the initiative was announced last July.

By comparison, Kenney said only around 80 individuals have been stripped of their citizenship between 1947 — when the Citizenship Act came into effect — and this year.

Canadian citizenship did not exist before the Act, meaning citizens of Canada, by both birth and naturalization, were British subjects.

Kenney described the sweep as the biggest citizenship-fraud crackdown in Canadian history.

“This is by far — by many orders of magnitude — the largest enforcement action ever taken in the history of Canadian citizenship,” said Kenney, who spoke from a podium adorned with a sign that read: “Citizenship Not For Sale.”

The federal government is monitoring 4,400 permanent residents believed to be involved in residence fraud, in case they try to obtain citizenship.

Kenney said nearly 1,400 of these individuals, most of whom are outside the country, have since withdrawn or abandoned their residency application because of the heightened scrutiny.

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