Thursday, September 3, 2015

Canada or Bust - Another Way to Look at the Immigration Issue

I'm confused over the whole immigration thing.  You know, the whole Mexicans coming into the  United States thing.

Why is there such an uproar? Why are emotions running so high and debates so convoluted? Yes, people are feeling marginalized, segregated, put down. There are cries of racism everywhere.

Can't we simply take it to a very simple level, without all the emotion and labels? Isn't it actually simple?

Isn't it simply - at some level - as easy as a protocol to enter a territory? Isn't it about respectful boundaries, and the natural law that governs right actions surrounding these boundaries? An example would be a home. Someone wants to enter a house. They may knock on the door, and request entrance. However, the permission of that entrance is under the discretion of the home owner.

With headlines of immigration issues, can't we see it as simple?  Can't we see it as simple as what Canada holds as its immigration policies and protocol?

Canada has strong borders and a high standard for citizenship if you want to move into that country. Isn't that a sign of high respect for their nation? I admire Canada for demanding those who wish to move there to outline how they would improve Canada (see details below).

Do I balk at their protocol and call them "racists" for holding the bar that high? No, I start to ponder how I can better myself and then show my worth...

Here is how they outline their citizenship protocol: 

General Immigration  (Express Entry)
  • This form is for professionals and workers.
  • Federal and Quebec Skilled Worker, Provincial Nominee, Federal Self-Employed, and Canadian Experience Class.
  • Individuals are evaluated based on their education, training and work experience, which reflects their ability to economically establish themselves in Canada and takes into account labour market conditions in Canada.

There are even some protocols for not entering the country at all. 

Grounds for Inadmissibility 

Individuals may be refused entry to or removed from Canada on the following grounds:
  • Security reasons, including espionage, subversion, violence or terrorism, or membership in an organization involved in such activities.
  • Human or international rights violations.
  • Criminality.
  • Organized crime, including membership in an organization that takes part in organized criminal activity.
  • Health reasons, if their condition is likely to endanger public health or public safety, or might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demands on health or social services.
  • Financial reasons, if they are unable or unwilling to support themselves and their family members.
  • Misrepresentation, which includes providing false information or withholding information directly related to decisions made under Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
  • Failure to comply with any provision of IRPA. For instance, an attempt by persons who, having previously been deported from Canada, seek to enter Canada without written authorization.
  • Having an inadmissible family member.
  • Offenses committed as a minor.

Again, Canada has a front door. You must knock to get in. That would be the respectful thing to do. 

Can not those wishing to enter the United States be just as respectful, and if they can't, is that someone you would want to let into your home?
James Anthony Ellis is a writer and producer living in San Diego. Though born in the United States, his father's father's father came to the country from Ireland, byway of Ellis Island, the port of entry at the time. He can be reached at 

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