Ontario says ‘No’ to removing citizenship by birth on soil
“There is not enough evidence to justify the effort and expense required for such a system-wide program change,” said Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister.
The Ontario government says it will not support Ottawa’s proposal to remove citizenship rights to children born in Canada to non-citizens and non-residents.
Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe
“In our view, there is not enough evidence to justify the effort and expense required for such a system-wide program change. Citizenship and immigration Canada has not quantified the extent of fraud resulting from ‘birth tourism,’’ said Ontario Deputy Immigration Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe.
“At this time, there is insufficient data to demonstrate the demand placed on Ontario’s economy or public services from ‘birth tourists,’” he wrote in a letter to Ottawa, dated September 6, 2012, after a technical briefing on the plan. A copy of the province’s response was obtained by the Star this week.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Ontario Immigration Minister Michael Chan said the province has not changed its position.
“While citizenship is the sole responsibility of the federal government under Canada’s constitution, any proposed change to citizenship policy can have profound impact on the provinces and territories,” said the spokesperson. Continue reading
Birth tourism is a common practice even in Hong Kong. According to official statistics, 95,337 babies were born in Hong Kong in 2011 and as much as 40% of babies’ parents are birth tourists from Mainland China.
Citizenship reforms don’t deal with the phenomenon where a mother comes here to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.
By: Debra Black
Immigration Reporter, Published on Thu Feb 06 2014
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander plans to consult with the provinces and territories to find an “appropriate way” to deal with birth tourism.
Many had expected Alexander to include it in the package of citizenship reforms introduced in Parliament on Thursday. But there was nothing in the legislation that dealt with the phenomenon of passport babies — where a mother comes to Canada to give birth to obtain Canadian citizenship for her child.
“We want to address the issue of people who have absolutely no strong connection to Canada and have no desire to live here, coming solely for the purpose of giving birth and then leaving,” Alexander told a news conference in Toronto after Bill C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, was tabled. (…)
Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City. Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/woman-fights-order-to-leave-canada-without-her-baby-1.1666266#ixzz2s7uug6LO
Woman fights order to leave Canada without her baby
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/woman-fights-order-to-leave-canada-without-her-baby-1.1666266#ixzz2s7ttDCnM
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:32PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:34PM EST
MONTREAL – Local human rights advocates are crying foul after a Mexican woman denied refugee status was ordered to leave the country without the right to take her Canadian-born baby.
Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City.
She was given partial custody of her child after a split with her husband, against whom she made a claim of domestic abuse after their split.
Hernandez’s refugee claim was refused and she now faces deportation on February 7. She cannot bring her baby at that time because she remains embroiled in an unresolved custody dispute with the baby’s father.
Some of the dispute regarding her sexual orientation comes from the fact Nanziri then had a second child with a man. Nanziri says she had hoped it would make her life easier and she would no longer be alone.
“I’d never been happy…he promised me heaven on earth,” she said.
Toronto woman cites lesbian status to fight deportation to Uganda
Leatitia Nanziri says she fears for her life if she is deported back to Uganda because of her sexual orientation
CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:54 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2012 8:57 AM ET
Leatitia Nanziri says if she’s forced to go home to Uganda she could be stoned to death because of her sexual orientation. (CBC) Facebook
A Toronto woman is fighting to stay in Canada, saying her life would be in danger if she is deported back to Uganda because she is a lesbian.
Leatitia Nanziri says if she’s forced to go back to Uganda she could be stoned to death. But the Canadian government has refused her claim and says it doesn’t believe she is a lesbian.
She is scheduled to be deported Aug. 4. Continue reading
Conservatives mull changes to citizenship rules for babies born on Canadian soil
By Andy Radia | Canada Politics – Sat, 25 Feb, 2012
It’s one of the oldest immigration tricks in the book: get pregnant, fly to another country, have your baby, and voila – you’ve got immigrant ties to said country.
It even happens in Canada.
According to the Toronto Sun, Ottawa has discovered a number of unscrupulous immigration consultants in Hong Kong, who are coaching wealthy Chinese mainlanders about how to keep their pregnancies hidden while entering Canada on student or visitor visas.
“Avoid any baby or maternity items in luggage, wear dark clothing going through customs to look slimmer, and arrive in Canada no later than in the seventh month of pregnancy are among the tips given,” notes the article. Continue reading
Three townhouses in this complex at 8580 Cook Road in Richmond, B.C., are believed to serve as 'pregnancy centres' for women from China looking to give birth in Canada. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)
Hotel linked to ‘passport babies’
Byron Chu, QMI Agency
First posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 05:05 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 05:33 PM EST
Three townhouses in this complex at 8580 Cook Road in Richmond, B.C., are believed to serve as ‘pregnancy centres’ for women from China looking to give birth in Canada. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER – Three townhouses in Richmond, B.C., are being used to house foreign nationals pregnant with “passport babies,” and are among numerous local housing destinations for birth tourists, a QMI Agency investigation has uncovered.
Advertised online in Chinese as the Pan Pan Pregnancy Centre, the Cook Road residences offer a haven to women from the one-child policy country. But they may be birth tourists in the eyes of the federal government, which has vowed to crack down on those exploiting a long-known loophole to citizenship that gives a passport to anyone born in our borders. Continue reading
Anchor babies an asset for unscrupulous pregnant women
‘Birth tourism’ pains Canada
Crackdown vowed on illegal practice
By: Natalie Stechyson
Posted: 02/27/2012 1:00 AM
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is poised to crack down on so-called “passport babies” or “birth tourism” — the practice of travelling to Canada to give birth so that child can have Canadian citizenship — as a media report out of China reveals a ring of consultants are coaching pregnant women to do exactly that.
“We are aware of crooked consultants who encourage pregnant women to illegally travel to Canada to give birth and gain access to Canada’s considerable benefits,” Citizenship and Immigration spokeswoman Candice Malcolm told Postmedia News on Sunday.
“We condemn the practice of circumventing our laws to game the system, leaving Canadians taxpayers with the bill. This is unfair and not right.”
The government will introduce changes to the citizenship laws in the next year, Malcolm said. Continue reading
By Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter
OTTAWA - The government plans to crack down on a scam in which pregnant Chinese women are coming to Canada for the sole purpose of giving birth so the child becomes a citizen, QMI Agency has learned.
The fraud is mostly based in Hong Kong where unscrupulous consultants are coaching wealthy Chinese mainlanders how to keep their pregnancies hidden entering Canada on student or visitor visas.
Avoid any baby or maternity items in luggage, wear dark clothing going through customs to look slimmer, and arrive in Canada no later than in the seventh month of pregnancy are among the tips given.
Once here, the women go into hiding until they are due to give birth and then go to a hospital to deliver the baby. No one knows the extent of the abuse.
All babies born in Canada are considered citizens – meaning they could return later in life as a student, for example, and sponsor their parents under family reunification.
Family wins $8-million from Toronto General Hospital almost three decades after staff caused baby brain damage
Nearly three decades after their baby was brain damaged by negligent staff at Toronto General Hospital, an Israeli family has won more than $8-million in compensation from the hospital’s operators.
On January 10, 1984, recent Canadian immigrant Atalyah Gutbir gave birth to a daughter Zmora. Emerging from the womb blue, silent and in critical condition – her arrival prompted panic in the delivery room. Deprived of oxygen in the womb for more than three hours, Zmora had suffered permanent brain damage.
According to a 2010 jury ruling, Zmora’s condition was caused by the failure of hospital staff to monitor the baby’s heartbeat during Atalyah’s labour. Detection “would have allowed an earlier intervention, (birth of the baby), which could have prevented permanent brain injury.”
Last week, an Ontario court dismissed an appeal by the University Health Network, the operators of Toronto General. The Network has been ordered to pay $5,500,000 in compensation, as well as $625,000 to each of Zmora’s parents.