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MONTREAL, QC: Illegal Ivonne Hernandez fights deportation to Mexico

Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City. Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/woman-fights-order-to-leave-canada-without-her-baby-1.1666266#ixzz2s7uug6LO

Woman fights order to leave Canada without her baby
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/woman-fights-order-to-leave-canada-without-her-baby-1.1666266#ixzz2s7ttDCnM

CTV Montreal
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:32PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 1, 2014 6:34PM EST

MONTREAL – Local human rights advocates are crying foul after a Mexican woman denied refugee status was ordered to leave the country without the right to take her Canadian-born baby.

Ivonne Hernandez, 41, arrived in Montreal in 2009 and filed to remain as a refugee based on her claim that she was abused by a police officer in her hometown of Mexico City.

She was given partial custody of her child after a split with her husband, against whom she made a claim of domestic abuse after their split.

Hernandez’s refugee claim was refused and she now faces deportation on February 7. She cannot bring her baby at that time because she remains embroiled in an unresolved custody dispute with the baby’s father.

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Canada’s Front Line sparks outrage among pro-illegal immigrant organizations

Reality show filmed immigration raids, B.C. advocates say
CBC News Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:04 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 14, 2013 8:43 PM PT Read 543
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Immigration activists in Vancouver are protesting the arrest of eight migrant workers who they say were picked up by border agents and filmed for a reality TV series during a raid on a construction site on Wednesday.

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Denzil Minnan-Wong: “Undocumented workers are illegal workers, illegal immigrants.Their first stop is the welfare office. They already know the address because they’ve been told back home where to go.”

“Undocumented workers are illegal workers, illegal immigrants,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who represents Don Valley East. “Their first stop is the welfare office. They already know the address because they’ve been told back home where to go.”

‘Their first stop is the welfare office’: Bid to improve service access for illegal workers sparks furious Toronto council debate
Natalie Alcoba | Feb 22, 2013 4:04 AM ET | Last Updated: Feb 22, 2013 11:27 AM ET
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A bid to ensure undocumented workers can access city services without fear of repercussions set off a passionate debate at city council on Thursday, with the son of an immigrant saying people who are in the country illegally are an “insult” to those who gained admittance through legal channels.

“Undocumented workers are illegal workers, illegal immigrants,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who represents Don Valley East. “Their first stop is the welfare office. They already know the address because they’ve been told back home where to go.”

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Mexican family living in Montreal to be deported

Family living in Montreal fights deportation to Mexico
Mendez-Reyes family wants to defer immigration officials’ decision
CBC News Posted: Dec 27, 2012 4:29 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 27, 2012 8:51 PM ET

A family that has been living in Montreal for four years has learned it will be deported to Mexico on Jan. 19 despite efforts to stay.

Marisol Mendez said she’s terrified of returning to Mexico after settling in Montreal.

“We are a good family,” she said, sobbing. “We try to have a good family to give a good example.”

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5896941 Manitoba Limited fined for employing illegal immigrants

Arnisito Gaviola. (QMI Agency, files)

Company fined $12,000 in illegal worker bust 
JAMES TURNER, QMI Agency
First posted: Monday, July 02, 2012 04:39 PM EDT
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WINNIPEG — A Manitoba company at the heart of a high-profile immigration debacle that led to the deportation of three hard-working Filipino men affectionately dubbed the “Three Amigos” pleaded guilty and fined $12,000 for breaking Canadian immigration-protection laws.

5896941 Manitoba Limited — operating as a Shell gas station in Thompson, Man. — pleaded guilty last week before provincial court Judge Tim Preston to counts of misrepresentation and employing illegal foreign workers under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Preston fined the company $12,000.

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Vancouver lawyer Peter Edelmann claims charges against alleged 2009 Tamil smuggler are unconstitutional

Photograph by: Andy Clark , Reuters

Vancouver lawyer representing accused in Tamil migrants case to argue charges as unconstitutional
By KATIE DeROSA, Times Colonist July 21, 2012

February 21: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (R) and Director of Operations for the Canadian Border Services Ivan Peterson on the stern of the refugee ship Ocean Lady in Delta, British Columbia February 21, 2011. The Ocean Lady was used by some 500 Tamil refugees to land on Canada’s west coast in 2010.
Photograph by: Andy Clark , Reuters

A Vancouver criminal lawyer representing one of the men accused of smuggling Tamil migrants aboard the Ocean Lady in 2009 plans to argue the charges are unconstitutional.

Peter Edelmann said Section 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which criminalizes organizing, aiding or abetting undocumented persons to get into Canada, is so broad and vague it can apply to most legitimate refugees.

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