Harper government says Citizenship not for sale

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Monday at a news conference in Ottawa that authorities have begun investigating about 11,000 people suspected of citizenship fraud, while 3,100 will be stripped of citizenship.

As part of an initiative “to protect the value of Canadian citizenship,” Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Jason Kenney announced that immigration officials will work alongside Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the RCMP to probe 11,000 individuals from more than 100 countries who are suspected of attempting to cheat.

Nearly 5,000 people have already been “flagged for additional security” and are individuals who are either suspected or known to be trying to cheat the citizenship system.

Kenney explained that the crime is usually performed by dishonest and deceitful consultants, who provide information on how to swindle the system. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has already begun the paperwork to revoke the citizenship of up to 3,100 citizens who received it on false pretenses. This process was part of an investigation that was announced by Kenney a year ago.

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