Category Archives: Illegal immigrants

QUEBEC: Education Without Borders hoping taxpayers pay $30 million per year for illegal children’s education

Children of illegal immigrants should have 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. access to school, say advocates
CTV Montreal
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.

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Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/children-of-illegal-immigrants-should-have-access-to-school-say-advocates-1.1976093#ixzz3Bvhz11z4

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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

TORONTO: CBSA criticized for arresting 21 illegals during vehicle spot check

CBC News

Posted: Aug 15, 2014 11:02 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 16, 2014 12:02 PM ET

The arrests of 21 undocumented workers during a vehicle safety blitz Thursday is causing controversy for the Canada Border Services Agency and Ontario Provincial Police.

 On Aug. 14 the OPP, along with officials from the ministries of transportation and environment, and the CBSA, took part in a vehicle spot checks in northwest Toronto, around Wilson Avenue between Jane Street and Highway 400.

 CBSA told CBC News on Friday it arrested 21 people who were “in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.” 

But, because the arrests were made during vehicle safety check, some question the methods and motivations of the CBSA and OPP.

Immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann said this is “not routine” and is, in fact, “a huge breach of public trust.” Continue reading

Reg Williams, former director of CBSA’s Toronto enforcement office, says immigration enforcement program mismanaged

Canada’s immigration enforcement system suffers from ‘orchestrated mismanagement,’ whistleblower claims

Reg Williams inside the CBSA GTEC headquarters in 2011.

Adrian Humphreys/National Post Reg Williams inside the CBSA GTEC headquarters in 2011.

A former Canada Border Services Agency manager is blowing the whistle on the alleged “orchestrated mismanagement” of Canada’s immigration enforcement system, revealing a precipitous drop in the number of illegal immigrants deported at the same time as agency overspending and escalating detention costs.

“Simply put, more money was spent to produce less,” Reg Williams, the former director of CBSA’s Toronto enforcement office, says in a whistleblowing letter to the Privy Council that was obtained by the National Post.

The 23-page letter claims CBSA’s immigration enforcement is “unraveling” just as CBSA bosses are being considered for substantial bonus payments for their performance.

“As a retired public servant, taxpayer and citizen, I am deeply concerned … that the downward trend in productivity, if not addressed, will threaten community safety and security,” he writes in the letter, dated June 26.

“Taxpayers deserve to know why the immigration enforcement program has produced significantly less while spending significantly more.”

The CBSA president, Luc Portelance, who has an annual salary of between $257,700 and $323,100, stands to add $85,000 to $125,000 in performance pay under the federal public service’s executive pay system, the letter says. CBSA’s vice-president of operations, Martin Bolduc, whose annual salary is between $178,800 and $200,300, is in line for a bonus of between $46,500 to $52,000, it says. Continue reading

TORONTO: Councillor Gord Perks wants social welfare for illegal immigrants

Council urges province to give illegal immigrants welfareBY  ,CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF

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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. (Toronto Sun files)

City councillors urged the province to provide welfare to “undocumented Torontonians.”

After another heated debate around providing city services to illegal immigrants, council voted 29 – 8 in favour of pushing ahead with “Sanctuary City” policies. Those include directing staff to only collect immigration and citizenship information when required by provincial or federal legislation, urging all city agencies and other bodies funded by the city to ensure they are offering services to everyone regardless of their immigration status and requesting the Toronto Police Services Board to review its policies to ensure cops comply with the city’s “Access without Fear” directives. Continue reading

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
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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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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
Arnisito Gaviola. (QMI Agency, files)

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading