Toronto Police Reject “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Immigration Policy

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for Toronto Immigration

Despite pressures from organizations such as “No One is Illegal,”  the Toronto Police Services Board rejected a proposal that would have prohibited his officers from telling federal authorities if they suspect immigration law violations.

Toronto Police reject “Don’t Tell”, already have “Don’t Ask”

The Toronto Police already has a “Don’t Ask” policy, which means that police officers should not ask victims and witnesses about their immigration status.

Immigrant advocates had hoped to add a ‘‘Don’t Tell’’ component.  That is, they had hoped that police officers would not tell immigration authorities if they find out someone does not have legal status in Canada.  The Toronto Police Services Board was considering adopting such a policy, but rejected this idea yesterday.

Those who may now be vulnerable include: those whose visas have expired; those who haven’t  filed for refugee status yet or whose claims have failed and subject to appeal; those with pending cases that haven’t been settled yet; and those who may have been lost track of by authorities.

Read National Post Article

All the more reason to make sure your case is handled properly and legally by a qualified immigration lawyer!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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