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America Can't Be Blamed

The Good and The Bad

I got a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The first two paragraphs:

This letter refers to your application for permanent residence as a Protected Person.

It has been determined that you meet the eligibility requirements to apply for permanent resident status as a Protected Person.

Yay! That's excellent news. In a little under four months after the hearing and massive amounts of paperwork, I got a beautiful response-

Oh, wait.

To continue processing your application, you [...] are to provide proof that you do not have a criminal record in the United States of America. You are required to obtain police certificates from the states of [...] and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Awww, man.

To do so, it is recommended that you contact your local police station to make arrangements for the most convenient time for them to take your fingerprints. You must take this letter with you along with photo identification. You will require a set of fingerprints for each state identified plus one set to be sent to the FBI.

Have I ever mentioned that I love bureaucracy?



Only a bureaucracy (or similarly minded people) would ask someone to prove a negative.


They're not asking him to prove a negative. Granted, it's badly phrased, but what they're really asking is that he provide them with a US criminal background check. I'm quite used to the bureaucracy now, since I've had several different security clearances issued over the last 10 years or so. It's a pain in the ass, sure, but I'm happy it's in place. Now if only they'd do something about refugee claimants who simply "disappear", the immigration system might actually be somewhat secure.


They may not be intending to ask him to prove a negative but that is what the meaning of their words convey (a criminal check is only as good as the weakest link in the system - no one can ever be certain that somewhere there is a backlogged court house or a malfunctioning computer that is keeping someone's records from being detected). What they meant was that they wanted reasonable evidence that there was no criminal record. So I stand by my snide aside.

Sure, I agree with the concept but bureaucrats must be ridiculed at every opportunity. As a recovering bureaucrat myself, I know that tough love is important to get these people the help they need by teasing them. (Plus it is fun!) Many bureaucrats start out as normal, sane people with much to contribute to society but they get hooked into the system and it slowly destroys their minds, souls and appearance - much like crystal meth.

"Now if only they'd do something about refugee claimants who simply "disappear", the immigration system might actually be somewhat secure."

I blame global warming. Something to do with sea level rises.


I know, I enjoyed the humour in your snide aside :) Just thought I'd point out the intended meaning of their request for the benefit of others who may not be well versed in ex-bureaucrat humour.

I blame global warming. Something to do with sea level rises.

I'm sure it also has something to do with Harpers lax stance on gun control, the Iraq war, and George Bush's grandfather.

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