Nobody Knows They Are Here – Practical Impact of Lack of Recoginition for USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
May 7, 2013 § Leave a comment
April 29, 2013, A prominent impediment that USA Placed Victims-Survivors of the Canadian Scoops face in attempting to clarify their immigration status in the USA is the ignorance of individuals in USA who are not willing to believe that: there was a genocide of North American Indians in Canada, a.k.a., Canadian Scoops/Sixties Scoops; there is a truth and reconciliation commission taking place in Canada, a.k.a., Truth & Reconciliation Commission-Canada/TRC-Canada, and/or that these individuals are victims-survivors of Canadian Scoops who were placed in the USA via ‘illegal adoptions’.
This ignorance perpetuates the problems USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops face when trying to achieve USA Citizenship status, including clarification of the numerous times that they erroneously claimed to be USA Citizens when registering to vote, voting, marriage certificates, claims for federal, state and local aid, to law enforcement, on passport applications, etc.
Every time these individuals declare (check the box or swear under oath) that they are USA Citizens they are committing a felony. (My former client was able to get those charges ‘over-looked’ because we were able to achieve his status as victim-survivor of Canadian Scoops by TRC-Canada).
This same ignorance also encourages USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops to continue to ‘hide’ their ‘undocumented status’ rather than clarify and legitimize their citizenship status, i.e. continuing to make them vulnerable to committing additional felonies every time they declare that they are USA Citizens.
More: As more states begin to coordinate their agencies with federal government’s USCIS- SAVE database, the more vital it is that these individuals immigration status is clarified and legitimized.
Introduced in 2009, the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE, USCIS) database, is being used by state and local agencies to ensure that they are only issuing benefits to those that are entitled to them.