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Posted by Toronto Sun on 10:25:55 2005/03/05
But as soon as one of them threatens to expose a crooked Liberal cabinet minister (Judy Sgro) thay are rounded up and sent home in a flash.
Sat, March 5, 2005
Deportees hangin' in
COPS SAY THOUSANDS STAY AND COMMIT CRIMES
By TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN
MORE THAN 30,000 immigration lawbreakers in the Toronto area -- and 54,875 nationwide -- were ordered last year to leave the country, government statistics show. And Ontario police estimate 10% of the violators may never leave Canada and end up being arrested for crimes.
Anna Pape of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said deportations are ordered for reasons ranging from expired work and student permits to overstaying visas, criminality or national security concerns.
"Some of the removal orders can be appealed," Pape said yesterday.
CBSA statistics released this week show 44,373 removal orders were issued in 2003.
Pape said 15,000 refugee claimants were among those given removal orders pending the outcome of their cases. If they lose their cases they are required to go home. About 45% of refugee cases are accepted.
She said many of those who have to leave are required to make their own travel arrangements or report to immigration officials who will finalize their itineraries.
Pape said about 11,000 immigrants were deported from Canada last year, including 1,200 with criminal records.
Some of the hardened cons are escorted by officers to their native countries.
The top countries for deportation from Canada are the U.S., India, China and Pakistan.
Statistics show 11,500 travellers were detained at border crossings or in Canada last year and about 630 people were nabbed for outstanding warrants while entering the country.
Bruce Miller of the Police Association of Ontario said most immigrants who overstay their visas go on to commit criminal offences.
In a 2003 report, Auditor General Sheila Fraser accused the immigration department of losing track of 36,000 convicted criminals and undesirables.
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