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.
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/children-of-illegal-immigrants-should-have-access-to-school-say-advocates-1.1976093#ixzz3Bvhz11z4
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
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
Canada’s immigration enforcement system suffers from ‘orchestrated mismanagement,’ whistleblower claims
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
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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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.
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
Immigration raids on reality TV
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
“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
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
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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. Continue reading
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