Citizenship In Canada

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On behalf of the Immigration and Citizenship Society of Canada, it is suffice to say that the

Canadian government through the bills of C-51 and C-24 are ruining the prestigious reputation of

Canada as a country who welcomes and takes care of refugees. Our target is the people of the

government, and the use of boundary making due to these laws is wrong. Everyone deserves a

change at life in Canada, and these legislations do the opposite of that. These bills need to either

be revoked or severely altered in a way that not every immigrant in Canada with a citizenship is

monitored as a possible terrorist. The immigrants of Canada are people who should be glorified for

choosing this country and wishing to work, pay taxes and contribute
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The Bill C-51 anti-terror laws threaten civil rights and target specific groups, which

in the end is discrimination. Bill C-24 sets up rules for a group of Canadians that can never be

deported, and another set of rules for ones that possess a second citizenship.4 They can be easily

stripped for even committing almost harmless crimes. It is true that there is no sympathy for

terrorists and criminals; however it is wrong to apply different sets of rules to Canadians who

commit the same crime based on where they are from.5 This is wrong and unjust, all
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So in an attempt to kill off terrorists, they are also hurting the good people of this country.

Immigration experts say that this anti-terrorism bill allows the government to spy on these

immigrants freely and with power.6 It allows the government to detain and deport permanent

citizens without revealing the evidence to the accused.7 This approach is doomed to fail due to its

level of discrimination. It is not surprising that in a policy brief put out by the Canadian Arab

Institute, there is major concern over the new legislation. They feel as if it unfairly targets

Canadians of Arab descent.8 This anti-terrorism legislation is attempting to put more fuel into the

fire when it comes to the fear over dangerous immigrants.9

Policy recommendations:

The Canadian government needs to desperately fix the issues with Bill C-51 and C-24.
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Both bills need to be altered in a way where innocent immigrants are not targeted and affected so

severely by the new legislation. Bill C-24 makes permanent residents wait four years now instead

of the normal three in order to be eligible for citizenship. There are also higher fees and

demonstration for the official language required.10 The problem with all of this is that these

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