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CTV: Rallies protest deportation of illegal workers

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Updated Sat. May. 27 2006 11:46 PM ET News Staff

Immigrants, refugees and their supporters gathered in Toronto and other cities to protest the deportation of illegal workers.

Protesters in Toronto on Saturday called on the federal government to give immediate permanent residence or landed immigrant status to all illegal workers.

They complained about Canadian Border Services Agency officers of targeting non-status workers in shopping malls and subways.

Protesters also brought up the one case where officers nabbed two children in school as "bait" for the children.

In Toronto, the increased enforcement has particularly affected Portuguese workers who have overstayed temporary work permits.

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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