EDITORIAL: Someone asked on Twitter yesterday what made pornography legal and prostitution illegal when they were both sex for money. I explained that producing porn is only technically legal in California. The rest of our nation either have outlawed producing porn or like Florida, there are no laws on the books about it so they ignore it like it doesn’t exist. Our borders and the amount of sex trafficking that goes on across them is testimony to the fact that they really aren’t keeping our borders safe. Sure, they’ve slowed down the terrorists for those certain areas but what about the criminals who terrorize our children’s innocence??
Our government only makes issues a priority if the voting majority forces them to. If they don’t hear from YOU, they sure are hearing from Porn Valley that YOU all love it this way. It’s takes all of our VOICES to be heard through the madness and to tell them Porn Valley is wrong.
It’s time we tell EVERYONE in Washington DC that OUR CHILDREN and THEIR FUTURES are the #1 PRIORITY in AMERICA! If not, people should stop having them!!
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News June 8, 2012 6:22 PM
OTTAWA — The government has quietly closed a loophole that could have theoretically allowed someone with a minor child pornography conviction to enter Canada under a new directive aimed at making it easier for U.S. hunters and anglers to cross the border to spend their tourist dollars, Postmedia News has learned.
While there’s no evidence anybody with a child-pornography conviction has gotten into Canada via the policy, enough concerns were raised to prompt Citizenship and Immigration to add a clarification Friday to the operation bulletin that lays it out.Photo by, AFP/Getty Images
“This public policy fee exemption does not apply to persons convicted of child pornography or sexual offence (sic),” the updated directive states.
As of March 1, foreign nationals with a misdemeanour conviction have been eligible for a one-time pass to skip the onerous application process and cross the border into Canada as part of the so-called Tourism Facilitation Action Plan.
The exemption is available to all foreign nationals coming to Canada by land, air and sea who have a single conviction for which they served no jail time and generally applies to crimes such as drunk driving, public mischief and shoplifting.
The public policy was essentially created to appease tourism operators in remote regions who’ve seen busloads of customers turned away at the Canada-U.S. border because a single person didn’t realize an old DUI conviction could bar their entry.
Usually people with a minor record have to apply in advance and pay a $200 fee. Under the directive, the fee can be waived at the border and a temporary-resident permit issued, though it is always subject to the discretion of border officers.
“This public policy does not apply to anyone who has a child porn possession conviction of any sort,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s press secretary, Alexis Pavlich, confirmed in an email.
“The Minister has made it clear in his instructions that the public policy only applies to a one-time, minor infraction that did not result in a jail sentence. The Minister has also made it clear that the public policy cannot be used for anyone who has been convicted of any sexual crime, including possession of child porn.”
In an interview earlier this week, Kenney said he expected Canada Border Services Agency officials would exercise good judgment and not grant someone with a child-porn conviction easy entry anyway. Also, he said child-pornography possession or production “always leads to jail time” in the United States.
“We’re not waiving the inadmissibility of Americans who have a single minor conviction with no jail time. We’re simply saying the inadmissibility can be overcome with a permit more quickly and less expensively than has been the case,” he said.
“The real problem is Canadian tourist operators, fishing camps, hunting camps and convention operators have been stung and lost millions of dollars in business because of people coming north from the U.S. who might have had a single minor DUI offence when they were a teenager or maybe were arrested with joint in the 1970s and are told they can’t come into Canada unless they go through a lengthy process for rehabilitation and pay a massive fee and so forth, and this has resulted in a lot of lost business for our tourism and convention industries. This is really designed to address those cases.”
That said, the policy does apply to all foreign nationals and a quick Google search turns up a variety of cases, many of them in the U.K. and Scotland, where otherwise upstanding individuals were spared jail time despite child-porn convictions.
Anthony Colleluori, a defence lawyer in New York State who’s defended a number of people charged with child pornography, said it is possible to escape jail time in some states, including New York, despite a conviction for child pornography. There is, however, a five-year mandatory minimum for child porn cases that are tried federally, he said.