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Changes would take away automatic citizenship

posted Mar 18, 2012, 2:05 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 2:06 PM ]
By Mark Dunn ,Senior National Reporter
First posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 05:46 PM EST | Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 07:23 PM EST

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the government is considering citizenship law changes to prevent so-called anchor babies from automatically becoming citizens.

Kenney says his department is not sure how widespread the problem is of foreign women duping the system by coming to Canada on tourist and visitor visas for the sole purpose of having a child.

"This is not a new phenomena. We have been aware of this happening for some time," Kennedy said in Vancouver where he announced changes to speed up the recognition of foreign credentials.

"In fact ... hospital administrators in Montreal have raised the problem with me that they have seen a growing number of people ostensibly as visitors giving birth to children and immediately leaving without paying their hospital bill."

Kenney was reacting to reports in Canada and Asia that pregnant Chinese women are coming to Canada to have a baby so the child is a citizen.

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