[received by email with my response below]
Let me see if I understand all this ~ ~ ~ ~
- If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labour.
- If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
- If you cross the Afghan border illegally you get shot.
- If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again
- If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
- If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot
First and foremost, anyone entering Canada illegally can and does result in several severe penalties including deportation. Even those caught living illegally in Canada for several years and being rather productive without contributing to the tax base other than through sales tax have been deported with the most recent case an elderly woman. While the above is making the email rounds it clearly was not written by a Canadian. We do not have Social Security Numbers we have Social Insurance Numbers (SIN). In order to legally work in Canada you need a SIN. To get a SIN you need to have proof of Canadian citizenship or eligibility to obtain a temporary SIN that begins with the three numerals 905. If you do not qualify for a temporary SIN then you can apply for a work permit jointly applied for by you and your employer. You will require a legal passport in order to apply for a work permit. Now you can technically work illegally under the table without a SIN but you wouldn't want to get caught doing so. Illegal workers in Canada can be found working as seasonal farm labour as well as the sex, adult entertainment and drug sector so while it is possible it definitely is not going to be very appealing. To obtain a driver's license you need to present a valid driver's license from your previous residence. Those within Canada have no problem obtaining a driver's license from their new province or town of residence. Those presenting a driver's license other than Canadian will need to show they have gone through the hoop of getting all the necessary permits such as SIN or work permit. Health care is free (to some degree) in Canada for Canadian citizens. Non-residents must apply to the appropriate provincial health care with appropriate documentation to prove they are Canadian citizens and wait for the require time (usually 3 months). Illegal immigrants are technically out of luck with respect to Canadian health care. Social Assistance (welfare) is administered at the county levels. You must be a Canadian with proof of citizenship residing in that county for at least 3 months to be eligible for social assistance. Food stamps are non-existent! That is a US concept not a Canadian one. In extreme emergency situations a Canadian citizen could qualify for a food voucher that could be taken to the grocery store but it is not the norm. Illegal immigrants are not going to get subsidized for housing or loans for buying a home. Just to buy a house you need proof of citizenship! You will not get a lobbyist in Ottawa and illegal immigrants do not get a chance to vote. If you're lucky you might get a human activist to act on your behalf but again that is usually in extreme cases.
Sorry as convincing as the actual email sounded any Canadian would recognize it for the ignorance and bigotry it displays.