Feds Looking Into Fake Refugee Claims From Mexicans Working In Toronto

Feds looking into fake refugee claims from Mexicans working in Toronto

By The Canadian Press
Wed. Jan 9 – 9:25 AM

TORONTO Federal officials are looking into an alleged immigration scam that's sending hundreds of Mexicans to Toronto as bogus refugees.

Many reportedly land well-paying jobs at construction sites within hours of touching down.

Officials say one ad shows the Toronto skyline and boasts that Canada is “voted the No. 1 country in the world for living four years in a row.''

For a fee, say officials, the Mexicans are told who to call for jobs upon arrival as refugees at Pearson International Airport.

Cosmo Mannella of the Labourers International Union of North America says Mexicans take away jobs from Canadians, and pose health and safety risks on job sites because of language or other barriers.

Union officials say most of the so-called refugees are hired by small construction or renovation firms where few questions are asked.

Immigration spokesman Karen Shadd-Evelyn said the refugee system is not meant to help people find work here.

“Making a refugee claim is not a quick and easy way to enter the country,'' she told the Toronto Sun.

“The refugee system is there for those with a well-founded fear of persecution.''

She said only about 13per cent of Mexican claimants are accepted as refugees. About 5,000 Mexicans filed claims last year.

Her officials will be monitoring the system for possible abuse.

The union has signed up about 10,000 failed refugees in Toronto as members and is trying to get them status, Mannella said. He said many of the Mexicans end up getting exploited by shady contractors or undercutting others for jobs.

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January 10, 2008: Singh Case Tests Border Agency's Strength

January 9, 2008: Feds Looking Into Fake Refugee Claims From Mexicans Working In Toronto

January 5, 2008: Travel Document Class-Action Suit Jumps First Hurdle

January 4, 2008: Court Gives Go Ahead For Immigration Class-Action Lawsuit

January 2, 2008: Canada Readies To Give U.S. Deserters Refuge

January 2, 2008: Canada Affected By Human Trafficking

December 2007

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December 6, 2007: Political Parties Clash Over How To Attract Immigrants

December 5, 2007: More Quebec Immigrants Speaking French

December 5, 2007: Ministry, School Board In Conflict Over Refugees

December 5, 2007: A Minority On The Island

December 5, 2007: French Still An Abstraction In Much Of Canada

December 4, 2007: French Decline Bad News For Quebec, Group Says

December 4, 2007: Flood Of Immigrants Straining Canadian Cities

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December 4, 2007: Environment Report Says Urban Sprawl Strangling Southern Ontario

December 4, 2007: 86% Of Immigrants Go To Three Provinces

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November 29, 2007: 11 Indicted On Human Smuggling Charges

November 29, 2007: Federal Court Strikes Down Third-Country Refugee Agreement

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November 29, 2007: Immigrants Would Be Easier To Absorb In A Sovereign Quebec

November 27, 2007: We're Afraid To Say No: Teachers

November 27, 2007: Bogus OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) Refugees In Canada

November 27, 2007: Gov't Misled Nova Scotians On Immigration Fees

November 23, 2007: Muslims Worry About 'Tarnished' Image

November 21, 2007: Accommodation Road Show Rolls Into Montreal

November 21, 2007: McGuinty Gov't Calls On Ottawa To Meet Its Commitments To Newcomers

November 21, 2007: Minister Passing Buck On Immigration Audit

November 20, 2007: Visiting Cubans Defect

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November 16, 2007: Canada Rebuffs 2 U.S. Deserters

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November 8, 2007: Multiculturalism Losing Ground In Canada

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November 7, 2007: Controversial Ship Allowed To Leave N.B. Port

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October 30, 2007: Quebec Frets About Its French Language, Culture

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October 29, 2007: Job Program Fuels Fraud Fears

October 27, 2007: Scandal Too Hot For Government To Handle

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October 26, 2007: Visa Fraud In Punjab

October 26, 2007: Bitter Refuge: After 3 Years, Very Little About Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement On Refugees Makes Sense

October 26, 2007: Nova Scotia Immigration Officials Grilled Over Business Mentoring Program

October 26, 2007: U.S. Official Says Idea Of Security Fence At Canadian Border Isn't Dead

October 24, 2007: Herouxville Councillor Among Friends At Meeting

October 24, 2007: Quebec Town Defends Controversial 'Code Of Life' For Immigrants

October 20, 2007: Canadians Want Illegal Immigrants Deported

October 20, 2007: Brokers Pressured Immigrants To Take Unhelpful Mentorships: Lawyer

October 19, 2007: Deny Quebec Citizenship To New Immigrants Who Don't Learn French: P.Q.

October 18, 2007: Nova Scotia Minister Defends $60 Million Immigration Boondoggle

October 18, 2007: Florida Ads Aimed To Stop Refugee Flow

October 18, 2007: Foreign Student Jailed For Document Deception

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October 17, 2007: Phoney Nannies Scheming Their Way Into Canada

October 17, 2007: Multiculturalism Under The Microscope

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October 15, 2007: Cold Realities Greet Mexican Immigrants

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October 11, 2007: UN Upbraids Canada For Sending Claimants Back To U.S.

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September 27, 2007: Stop Bogus Refugees Before They Get In

September 24, 2007: Mexican Consul Defends Country As Refugee Seekers Flock To Canada

September 24, 2007: New Rules Speed Foreign Workers To Alberta

September 22, 2007: Windsor Braces For Refugee Tide

September 21, 2007: A Submission To The Bouchard-Taylor “Commission On Reasonable Accommodation”

September 21, 2007: Illegal Immigrants Chase False Hope To Canada

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September 13, 2007: Nurse Who Can't Speak Hindi, Punjabi Denied Job Interview

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September 11, 2007: Immigrant Unemployment Most Acute In Quebec

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September 5, 2007: Canada Clears Genocide Suspect


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