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CP: Immigrants take to streets to protest deportation of non-status workers

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Canadian Press
Saturday, May 27, 2006

TORONTO (CP) - Hundreds of immigrants, refugees and their supporters demonstrated in Toronto Saturday against the deportation of illegal workers.

Protesters are calling on the federal government to immediately grant permanent resident or landed immigrant status to all illegal workers.

Marchers in Toronto accused Canada Border Services Agency officers of targeting non-status workers in shopping malls and subways, and using children as bait to nab parents.

New Democrat Toronto MP Olivia Chow says she expects a motion asking the government to temporarily halt deportations will pass at the committee level and come before the House of Commons this coming week.

Organizers say the number of Canada's undocumented workers has been estimated at 500,000.

Demonstrations were also held in other Canadian cities including Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal.

The Star: School Board endorses `don't ask, don't tell'

May 26, 2006
NICHOLAS KEUNG - The Toronto Star

Canada's largest school board has adopted, in principle, a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to dealing with students who may not have legal status in the country.

Toronto District School Board trustees voted unanimously this week to designate staff to work with city council, the police board and social agencies to come up with a common protocol — one that would ensure non-status migrants and their children aren't turned away from services and pushed further underground out of fear.

"We need to show some courage and leadership, that we are not allowing our kids to be used as pawns," said Trustee Josh Matlow (Ward 11, St. Paul's), to the applause of more than two dozen supporters of the motion.

CBC: Immigration Officials Will Not Be Allowed To Question Students: Board

May 26, 2006 -

Toronto's 550 public schools will not allow federal officials to question their students about the immigration status of their families, effective in September.

The Toronto District School Board's new policy, passed at a meeting Wednesday night, comes in the wake of a widely criticized incident at a Toronto Catholic high school, where federal officials pulled students out of class to track down parents staying in Canada illegally.

In the new school year, federal officials will have to meet with the school board director if they have questions about possible illegal immigrants.

Trustee Josh Matlow said the school board, which oversees administration for about 450 elementary schools and 100 secondary schools, decided it had to act quickly to send a message to the federal government about the approach of its immigration officials.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board adopted a similar policy recently.

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