Published Monday, August 25, 2014 7:54PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 25, 2014 9:41PM EDT
An organization defending the rights of illegal immigrants is speaking out about access to free education for children.
The group Education Without Borders said Monday that as many as 5,000 children in Quebec are likely to be unable to attend school because of their parent’s current status as illegal immigrants.
The group said parents awaiting deportation because their refugee claim has been denied, or because their visa has expired are not allowed to send their children to Quebec schools unless they pay up.
It costs up to $6,000 a year per child, which is a sum most illegal immigrants – some of which are refugee claimants or asylum seekers – can’t afford.
In 1971, Ruth and Cecil Hershler began what has evolved into a lasting relationship with Fezeka Senior Secondary; an association that led to the creation of Education without Borders 31 years later.
Feeling unable to continue living a life of privilege in apartheid South Africa, they made the decision to immigrate to Canada. Continue reading