Challenges Facing USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops
November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
November 5, 2013, Though, to date, TRC-Canada and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have recognized (1) USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, because TRC-Canada does not recognize this group of victims within its mandate, and therefore USCIS do not have regulations recognizing USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops in general, these victims-survivors of Canadian Scoops, a genocide, who were not kept within Canada but who were instead placed in USA, face the following challenges:
1. if they are unaware that they are not USA Citizens, they have likely provided false information on USA federal education and banking forms, probably registered to vote and voted, and if they have been arrested, probably stated that they are USA Citizens; each time they performed these actions is a violation of federal law. As was the case, according to U.S. Department of State, with the 1st USA Placed Victim-Survivor of Canadian Scoops, they may also be using ‘aliases’.
Over the last 5 years many states and cities, as well as local municipalities, are budgeting in order to satisfy legislation passed on the federal level in response to 9/11/2001; the result of that budgeting is that now people who have resided in USA illegally are being identified as undocumented, and the local social security offices, police stations, passport agencies, etc., are notifying them that they need to clarify their immigration status, i.e., many USA Placed Victims-Survivors of Canadian Scoops may have recently discovered that they are in fact not Citizens of USA.
2. if they do realize that they are not USA Citizens and attempt to clarify their USA immigration status, they will face paperwork challenges common to victims of genocide, i.e., identification paperwork is missing and, or not available. Collecting the paperwork from Canada requires the individual appear in person in Canada; however, because of lack of legitimate paperwork allowing them to be legally in USA, they are concerned that they will not be able to return to USA.
3. Because there is no legislation in Canada recognizing this particular group of Canadian Scoop victims, there are no procedures in place to assist them in the safe retrieval of their identification paperwork.
4. Because there is no legislation in USA recognizing this particular group of Canadian Scoop victims, there are no regulations in place guaranteeing each of them special consideration when it comes to immigration; special consideration may/may not be given on a case by case basis.
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