Our own Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren quoted in Yahoo Canada News article on Canadian Citizenship changes

Immigration lawyer Michael Niren quoted in Yahoo Canada News on rumoured Canadian Citizenship legislation changes

This past weekend, our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren gave his two cents on the rumoured changes to Canadian Citizenship laws in this Yahoo Canada News Article.

As we recently discussed on our blog, the Canadian government may remove birthright citizenship – the granting of Canadian citizenship to anyone born on Canadian soil – to circumvent foreign women from sneaking into Canada just to give birth to a Canadian Citizen. From the article:

“Kenney is on a mission to clean up the immigration system from Refugee cases to Citizenship claims. Yes, there are many broken aspects of our immigration system, but I think he is going way too far here,” Niren told Yahoo! Canada News.

“The solution is not to terminate this method for citizenship all together.  Free societies like Canada have always granted citizenship to those born on their soil. This, in my view, should be a right not a privilege.

“[Instead of changing the law,] I think more careful screening of applicants to Canada should be conducted. In some cases, medicals are required which would reveal pregnancies.  Sometimes the government gets ahead of itself and forgets that we are still a democracy.”

What are your thoughts on birthright Canadian Citizenship? Should it remain in place, or is it too easy for people to abuse? Leave your answers in the comments.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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