July 09, 2015

Sanctuary cities in Canada: Toronto, Hamilton police won't confirm that they'll enforce deportations of criminals

Brian LilleyArchive

The police services of two major Canadian cites are refusing to say whether they are co-operating with federal law enforcement when it comes to deportations.

City councils in Toronto and Hamilton voted to declare themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The move was aimed at offering social services from welfare to childcare to people in the country without proper authority.

What remains unclear is whether police services in those cities are willing to assist with deportation orders from the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The issue arose after it was revealed that the man behind the shooting of a 32 year-old woman in San Francisco last week had been deported to Mexico five times and was wanted by American federal officials. But under rules adopted by San Francisco, also a sanctuary city, local law enforcement will not co-operate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers unless required to do so by court order.

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was in custody in San Francisco but released in April despite a “detainer order” from ICE.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his decision to simply release Sanchez saying in response to criticism, he was required not to inform federal officials.

Contacted by The Rebel, police in Toronto and Hamilton are not saying what their policy is. At time of writing Toronto had not responded to questions put them by phone and email.

An official with Hamilton police issued a brief and unclear statement.

“The Hamilton Police Service works within the confines of the Criminal Code as well as our Charter and will continue to serve all members of our community regardless of their documented status,” wrote Catherine Martin of the communications branch in an email.

A request for comment from the office of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger has not been returned.

A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, whose department oversees CBSA and the deportation process, said in an email that all laws need to be followed.

“We expect that those who are found to be inadmissible and have exhausted due process respect Canadian law and leave the country as soon as possible. There are no safe havens from the law anywhere in Canada,” said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue.

Sanctuary cities can act as magnets for illegal immigrants. Sanchez, who in addition to his five deportations also has several felony criminal convictions, admitted in a jailhouse interview that he sought out places like San Francisco because he knew he would not be deported.

Toronto is estimated to have at least 200,000 illegal immigrants according activists that pushed for the adoption of the sanctuary city policy.

In 2011 it was revealed that dozens of wanted criminals, including those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity were in Canada. Federal officials originally refused to reveal their names to the public.

Since releasing those names many have been turned over to border officials and removed from the country.


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commented 2015-07-18 09:15:18 -0400
How about sanctuary homes? Like the mayor’s home, and the Councillors’ homes? Progressives are forever socializing their stupidity. Time for them to take personal responsibility for their ludicrous decisions.
commented 2015-07-13 13:50:00 -0400
They are already illegal Bravo. Municipalities,and Mayors, need to be held accountable, and Police need to uphold the law as it already exists. The safety of these cities is being jeopardized, and those accountable must have their feet held to the fire. If info on whether or not a crime is committed by an illegal or a resident citizen is kept from the citizens of these communities, then it is time to start suits against whole municipalities. Then see how long they continue with their sanctuary nuttiness.
We don’t make laws to have them ignored by individual cities, if they have no authority, then I don’t know why they are not being forced to uphold the law,and the Police forced to do their job and enforce it.

As Erin says, " Municipalities in Canada don’t have the jurisdiction to flout federal criminal and immigration laws in the first place. I would sue, too, on the basis that the city’s policy was itself illegal."
commented 2015-07-10 09:20:28 -0400
Sanctuary cities – coming soon to an city near you – compliments of leftards.

Crime in sanctuary cities – will rise because of lack of fear of reprisal or arrest and imprisonment.

Sanctuary cities should be outlawed as illegal and Councillors who vote for them made accountable for the criminals who carry out crime ion those cities – after all they encourage the criminal to come to that specific city and “work” there.

Police corruption in Canada – on the rise.

Trust in the police in Canada – on the whole still reasonably good however it is sliding in a downward direction – and it will continue until the police begin to realize they have a job to do and that they are not God’s when they show up beside your window at a traffic stop.

Oh Canada! Look what have the leftards done to you!
commented 2015-07-10 02:20:17 -0400
I agree with Liza, Yvette and Greig. However, referendum isn’t the way to go. Municipalities in Canada don’t have the jurisdiction to flout federal criminal and immigration laws in the first place. I would sue, too, on the basis that the city’s policy was itself illegal.
commented 2015-07-09 23:45:48 -0400
The Communists in the universities, government, and unions are flooding us with immigration for Cloward & Piven, racking up the debt for an economic collapse where they’ll seize overt control and enact an irreversible Agenda 21. People like Alex Jones and Ron Paul have been right all along. Hamilton Police street gang stole my firearms, now refuses to assist in deporting undocumented immigrants… You guys are hitting all the red-flags of a communist takeover.
commented 2015-07-09 17:44:50 -0400
I did not know there were sanctuary cities in Canada. How many more are there? I agree with Greig McKinnon, that a referendum should be conducted to see if the residents want to give a pass to criminals. This type of thinking is ridiculous & insane. Hard working taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for these scums. This world is getting more & more crazy every day with all these bleeding hearts who are making these ludicrous decisions. They twist the law to suit their agenda & when something horrible happens as it has in SF & countless other times, these politicians are never at fault & there never any repercussions for their behaviour. No wonder the world is what it is today & will only get worse if people don’t stand up for our laws. There are no laws right now it seems…..just look at our judiciary system & the punishments that people get for breaking the law, even in cases where innocent people are killed. Case after case it’s always the same…..drive drunk…..text while driving…..go over the speed limit……& kill someone or more & what do you get……2 yrs in prison..it’s a joke, pure & simple.
commented 2015-07-09 15:12:36 -0400
If a spokesman for the Public safety Minister indicated that the laws need to be followed, and says flatly that there are no safe havens from the law in Canada, how can Hamilton and Toronto city councils declare their cities sanctuaries? Both Mayors need to be held accountable if anyone falls victim to any of the illegals they harbour.
Does the extra welfare support spent on these illegals plump up their spending budgets for the next year? What is their perceived advantage.
I agree with Fraser M. I would sue.
commented 2015-07-09 14:09:59 -0400
Why then should we Canadians have to pay taxes and obey the laws??
IF these people don’t have to why then should we??
Don’t tell me this is a sovereign, secure nation!!!
commented 2015-07-09 12:47:35 -0400
Does this mean Jimmy DaSilva won’t be going back to Lisbon?
commented 2015-07-09 12:23:32 -0400
Some disturbing facts from Obama land . . . .
In 2013, ICE freed 36,007 convicted criminal aliens from detention who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a document obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies. This group included aliens convicted of hundreds of violent and serious crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.
With President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security finalizing a review of its deportation practices to see how they can be conducted “more humanely,” critics are using a report that found 36,007 convicted criminals were released by immigration officials last year to call for an end to the review.

This is the President lookin after the folks that elected him . . . Illegal you say . . . not in the minds of Dhimmicraps who believer voter ID and questioning Citizenship is racist !
commented 2015-07-09 12:16:26 -0400
If I was a taxpayer of one of these cities I would be very unhappy with the administrations. Taxpayer money going to people who are here illegally, are not paying into the system and are a drain on the system. Where is the fairness in this system for the people that toiled all their lives to make the city what it is. This leftist social experiment has gone way to far, kick out the illegals and the Marxist bureaucrats that offer them sanctuary.
commented 2015-07-09 11:34:09 -0400
How can a few out to lunch, town council pee-ons unilaterally make their cities basically a criminals free for all zone. At the very least this type of thing should have been decided by a referendum from the citizens.
commented 2015-07-09 11:26:59 -0400
In Southern Ontario, I’ve always found that the police tend to be very corrupt. They tend to harass the innocent and show leeway to criminals. I’d personally try to expose this, but I would get shut down at every turn. I’ve seen others try and were quickly silenced, or detained. The fact that we’re considering “Sanctuary Cities” is quite frankly appalling.
commented 2015-07-09 11:08:11 -0400
If I were the father of this murdered woman I would sue the City of San Fran sicko and every person on city council who voted for sanctuary city, the San Fran sicko police department and any one else who is responsible for her murder Sue for one billion dollars.
commented 2015-07-09 10:52:34 -0400
Peachy… so now the leftist ideology of the government has trickled down to the police? “Oh, they’re not really criminals, don’t you know… those poor oppressed people who want to kill us and use our children for playthings aren’t really all that bad…”

Makes me want to hurl…

My condolences, Ontario.