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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.