Metro cops have a hard enough time protecting innocent people in the gang-ridden immigrant communities in north and east Toronto. People are afraid to talk to police when they believe that doing so will result in them -- the witness or the victim -- being uprooted and shipped back to their country of origin. My suggestion: Metro Police keep its policy (asking, of course, of the status of anyone charged) and the Canadian Border Service gets the resources to do the job of finding and deporting all illegal immigrants. That may help make Toronto safer for everyone.
The Toronto Police Service is being asked to review its groundbreaking "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prevents officers from asking the immigration status of people they encounter — unless it's necessary to their investigation.
The Canadian Border Services Agency fears the policy adopted last February will "significantly compromise public safety and security," says the agency's regional director general John Gillan.
Toronto, with its large immigrant population, is the only city in Canada to adopt such a policy.
It was intended to encourage victims — such as battered or abused women — or witnesses of crime, to come forward without fear of revealing their illegal status and possibly face deportation.
In a letter to Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee, Gillan said Toronto police play a vital role in the deportation of illegal residents because they are one of the primary sources of information for immigration investigations.
"The ability to remove inadmissible persons is vital to the integrity of Canada's immigration system and to those who come to this country lawfully," said Gillan.
He is to appear before the police board today.