Replying To Your Inquiries – Highlights Need for Legislation
July 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
July 28, 2013, After (3) years of working with the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops and as a result of the success of that work expanding that work to encourage the same recognition that I was able to achieve for him for all victims of Canadian Scoops that were placed in USA, I am still surprised (and that is putting it mildly) to learn from the many comments that I have received on this blog, that this blog remains The Only public source of practical, current, and useful information for those that believe that they themselves or someone that they know is a USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops.
The comments and inquiries that this blog received this week highlight the need for USCIS focused legislation in USA (& cooperative legislation in Canada) that acknowledges USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops and provides clear, non-ambiguous instructions as to how these victims of Canadian Scoops can achieve North American Indian Status Card, collect paperwork from Canada necessary to accurately and completely fill out that application (& N-400) without having to travel to Canada (which for many that have been in USA illegally since their illegal adoption would put them at risk for deportation; one story I am familiar with had a potential USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops deported through Texas to Mexico), and, then with those documents apply for, if they desire, USA Citizenship on basis of being a victim of a genocide that USCIS recognizes as a genocide, a.k.a. Canadian Scoops.
Until that legislation is available for this population of genocide victims this blog will continue to provide information that should be useful, however incomplete, to that process. However, there are steps that were taken to achieve the above, i.e., USCIS and TRC-Canada recognition, for 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops that once I publish the details of will likely cease to be available to the thousands of other victims, i.e, I’m torne between publishing the solutions I found useful and not publishing them because pretty soon after I publish the solutions, individuals and agencies within Canada that assisted won’t be able to do so any longer.
For that reason, until I figure out a better solution or legislation is passed that takes care of this problem for which every legislator we have spoken with on the issue agrees to the end goal of, i.e., provide legislation that supports and protects the victims through the immigration and citizenship process, I will provide full details of steps that I have taken only to those individuals that I am able to meet with personally. Hopefully, that outreach will expand over the next couple of months.