`Don't Ask' policy urged for children of migrants
Ontario schools should avoid questions about kids' status, study says
Jun 11, 2008 11:59 PM
Ontario's education ministry should adopt a province-wide "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy to ensure that doors are open for children of undocumented migrants toiling in Canada's underground economy, a new report urges.
"School officials (should) not be allowed to `ask' about a student, parent or guardian's immigration status," says the report, titled The Right to Learn, to be released today by the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto.
"And if he or she learned that a student, parent or guardian was without status, the staff, administrator or educator would not share this information with others, particularly law enforcement or immigration officials."
I am amazed at the audacity of that request. They are asking School officials to be co-conspirators in breaking Canadian immigration laws and aid and abet those who are. Are Canada's immigration laws not to be respected? If immigrants are willingly breaking Canada's immigration laws what does this say about their dererance for Canada as a nation and for Canadians as a people? Do they deserve our protection?
The province's Education Act says all children in Ontario can be enrolled in school regardless of immigration status. But a study researcher, posing as an undocumented individual looking for a school for his child, was denied a spot by officials at several Toronto public and Catholic schools, with one staff member asking him for the family's name with the "insinuation of calling immigration."
Oh how dare this staff member ask for the family's name with the intention of calling immigration! He's only assisting in the enforcement of this nation's laws.
The Toronto District School Board is the only Ontario board to have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, adopted in 2007, but parents are still being asked their date of entry into Canada and to provide documentation, the report notes.
Oh no! Illegal immigrants are expected to provide proof of entry just like immigrants who enter the country legally and to be treated equally like everyone else. What a travesty it is that they are not being given exceptions and assisted in their illegal behaviour.
The board maintains it is necessary in order to receive funding for English-as-a-second-language programs and to determine if a student should be charged international fees. Toronto's Catholic school board still requires staff to make copies of both parents' and children's passports.
Do these illegal immigrants deserve our protection and assistance in breaking Canada's immigration laws?
There are an estimated 200,000 undocumented migrants – mostly visitors overstaying their visas and failed refugee claimants avoiding deportation – in Canada, the majority in Greater Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
It is clear these people do not deserve our protection and should be removed from the country. They abused the trust of Canada and lied to enter this country by posing as visitors with no intention of leaving. Or, they are failed refugee claims which means Canada, the easiest western country to scam a refugee claim, deems that they are not in flight and should be returned.
A "don't ask, don't tell" policy will only encourage illegal immigration because it assures those who are breaking Canada's immigration laws that they will elude discovery if they send their children to Ontario's schools. Thus, Ontario will be the prime destination for illegal immigration and illegal immigrants will be enticed to uproot their children by bringing them to Canada as well and enroll them in Ontario schools all the while facing an uncertain future. This is bad parenting and we shouldn't be encouraging this.
Thirdly, and most importantly, illegal immigrants don't pay taxes, at least not the ones that support the public education system (the public education system in Ontario is primarily funded by property taxes). This means that Canadians and landed immigrants will be subsidizing the education of the children of illegal immigrants as they also draw on publicly funded services such as English as a Second Language training. This is unjust.
The humane thing to do is to find these illegal immigrants and remove them as quickly as possible so that their children can continue their lives in their respective homelands instead of facing an uncertain future in Canada. The respectable and responsible thing to do is for these illegal immigrants to willingly remove themselves from the country and return to their homelands for the sake of their children instead of facing the daily fear of discovery and removal.