[np_storybar title=”‘Their first stop is the welfare office’: Bid to improve service access for illegal workers sparks furious Toronto council debate” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/22/sanctuary-city-council-takes-steps-to-help-undocumented-workers-feel-more-comfortable-accessing-city-services/”]
A bid to ensure undocumented workers can access city services without fear of repercussions set off a passionate debate at city council on Thursday, with the son of an immigrant saying people who are in the country illegally are an “insult” to those who gained admittance through legal channels.
“Undocumented workers are illegal workers, illegal immigrants,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who represents Don Valley East. “Their first stop is the welfare office. They already know the address because they’ve been told back home where to go.”
The city should neither help nor encourage these people to stay, argued Mr. Minnan-Wong, who asked city council to support the federal government’s approach to legal immigration, and endorse deporting people who are in the country illegally.
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