Canada throws the towel on child brides…

Immigration: ‘Child bride’ loophole can’t be closed

Toronto Sun

Federal immigration officials say there’s little they can do to stop “child brides” from being sponsored into Canada by much older husbands who wed them in arranged marriages abroad.

Flashback: Getting Married to the Child Brides of Gaza

Top immigration officials in Canada and Pakistan say all they can do is reject the sponsorships of husbands trying to bring their child-brides to Canada. The men have to reapply when the bride turns 16.

The marriages are permitted under Sharia Law.

Well, I guess its okay then. Or is it?

Muslim men, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, return to their homeland to wed a “child bride” in an arranged marriage in which a dowry is given to the girl’s parents.

Officials said some of the brides can be 14 years old or younger and many are forced to marry. The practice occurs in a host of countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Lebanon.

In classified documents, Canadian visa officer Steve Bulmer said he refused to allow one Pakistani man to sponsor his 15-year-old bride in August 2009.

“I can find no section (of law) that states the marriage is ‘invalid’ or ‘void,'” Bulmer wrote in e-mails obtained by lawyer Richard Kurland under Access of Information. “I am afraid the age does not invalidate the marriage even if it is illegal to marry.”

Abdul Hameed, of the Canadian embassy in Islamabad, said child marriages are not valid in Canada.

“A child marriage is punishable but it does not render the marriage invalid,” Hameed said. “We are refusing such application on grounds the marriage will not be valid as per Canadian laws.” William Hawke, of immigration’s Permanent Resident Unit, said the young brides won’t be allowed in Canada.

“Sponsorship applications submitted for a spouse under 16 will be refused,” Hawke said. “Once an underage spouse turns 16 they are a member of the family class” and can be sponsored.

He said the application is rejected if a spouse turns 16 during processing. Kurland said there’s little that can be done to stop Canadians from marrying child brides.

“A 15-year-old bride doesn’t void a marriage,” Kurland said on Thursday.

“The application is turned down and the person can reapply when his bride turns 16.”

He said the practice has been going on for years and “is a concrete loophole that can’t be fixed.”

Immigration officials quoting an Afghanistan Law of Marriages said in some countries it is “customary for young females to wed men considerably older, especially if the man is in a position of financial or social power.”

According to the law, it is not uncommon for marriages between first cousins or extended family members.

Hugh Fitzgerald comments:

“Federal immigration officials say there’s little they can do to stop “child brides” from being sponsored into Canada by much older husbands who wed them in arranged marriages abroad.

Top immigration officials in Canada and Pakistan say all they can do is reject the sponsorships of husbands trying to bring their child-brides to Canada. The men have to reapply when the bride turns 16. The marriages are permitted under Sharia Law.

Muslim men, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents return to their homeland to wed a “child bride” in an arranged marriage in which a dowry is given to the girl’s parents. Officials said some of the brides can be 14 years old or younger and are “forced” to marry. The practice occurs in a host of countries including: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Lebanon.”

Let me get this straight. Adult Muslim men, who wish to bring to Canada their child-brides, and who find themselves sometimes foiled by the Canadian police, are still permitted to live in Canada as Canadian citizens, presumably to travel back to Pakistan or other Muslim countries and have sexual relations, in those countries, with their child-brides, and then, when the child-brides reach the ripe old age of 16, to enter Canada as the wives of people who, in the West, are regarded, and should be regarded, as pedophiles.

Legislation must be drafted that will allow for the stripping of citizenship, and expulsion, of such people. It is not enough to simply prevent them from bringing girls of nine or ten or twelve into Canada as their brides or “brides,” but of not allowing to remain in Canada those who have sexual intercourse with these girls outside of Canada, within their Shari’a-approved marriages, sanctioned by Islam, and who, if they could, would change the laws of Canada so that none of them flatly contradict, as so many of them do, and as the legal and political institutions of Canada do, and as the existence of Canada as an Infidel nation-state does. Now it happens that Canada, no better but no worse than many other advanced Western countries that chose to elevate such ideas as “tolerance” and “diversity” (a mindless tolerance, a diseased diversity) to Idols of the Age, to which much emotiional incense is burned, has allowed in Muslim immigrants without bothering to find out what the texts of Islam inculcate, which is surely what counts, and not the fact that some Muslims, for various reasons, do not take quite to heart, or at least do not now act on, all of what is inculcated, though we have abundant evidence that a great many are far more hostile, and inwardly aggressive, toward non-Muslims (indeed, we have the testimony of apostatates who describe how, among themselves, Muslims talk about, think about, non-Muslims and how amazingly adept and smooth they are of presenting a different facade to those same Infidels) tjhan many realize and, what’s more, some who may be temporarily “moderate” can turn on a dime, not always for political, but sometimes under the stress of personal setbacks and defeats and resentments of a kind so many of us experience in life, but do not have the grid of Islam to provide a ready-made scapegoat (in this respect, Islam is a little like antisemitism, where Jews play, for the antisemite, searching for The Answer, that is the answer to all confusions about the world, the secret source and explanation of all the world’s ills, the center of all imagined conspiracies, and so on; in Islam, it is not the Jews but a larger group — “the Infidels” — whispering those temptations of Shaytan, and working always to foil the good, the true, the kind, the decent Muslims, from everywhere spreading Islam and making sure that Muslims in the end rule, everywhere.

The very idea that someone would marry a nine or ten-year-old, and then go back to intermittently have his way with her, if unsuccessful in smuggling her into Canada (perhaps as his child or his niece? How?), and that someone can continue to enjoy the great privilege of Canadian citizneship, though clearly such a person cannot possibly integrate into Canadian society, is absurd.

Draft and pass the right laws to deal with this, and many other related matters. Don’t be afraid of offending Muslims. They are not really offended; their victimization is phony. And the more one stands up to their demands, and makes clear that such demands will have a cost, the more likely those already in our countries will quiet down, rather than become still more aggressive. It is when they sense that the Infidels will cave in, will do their bidding, will keep up this pretence that there is nothing at all wrong with Islam, that convinces them always and everywhere to keep it up. There is no end to this, but a strong counter-offensive, not mere defense, will work to keep the problem to possibly endurable proportions.

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