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Ottawa targets 1,800 in citizenship crackdown



Ottawa intends to revoke the citizenship of 1,800 people it believes obtained their status through fraudulent means, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says.

The decision to revoke citizenship is rare, and a large-scale crackdown such as this one appears to be unprecedented.
The people were identified through investigations conducted across the country by police and the Citizenship and Immigration Department. People identified by the investigations will receive letters informing them of the government's decision.

The move sends a "very clear message" to anyone who thinks of abusing Canada's citizenship system, Kenney said Wednesday.
"We are in the process of notifying them that we will revoke their citizenship because Canadian citizenship is not for sale," Kenney told reporters in Toronto.

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Date: 2011-07-22
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