Toronto City Hall
Credits: Toronto Sun files
You owe me money.
If you pay taxes in Ontario, be warned that I want City Hall to pay me back the thousands of dollars I spent paying lawyers and government offices to make my American-born wife and children legal in this country.
Toronto council has voted overwhelmingly to allow illegal aliens — undocumented workers — access to city services and programs “without fear.” How about the fear legal immigrants and citizen taxpayers have that they’re being shafted again?
With five councillors absent, 38 — including Mayor Rob Ford — voted “yes” to the motion “that City Council re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or without full status documents.” Only councillors Gary Crawford and David Shiner voted “no”.
It’s estimated there are about 400,000 people living illegally in Toronto, using city services and costing the education and health systems untold millions.
Some will argue health and education are not city-funded services, but in a city that has declared itself a sanctuary, what are the chances those services go unused by the illegal population?
There are tens of thousands of children who come along with those residing illegally. For every 25 children, we pay for a teacher at a cost of about $100,000 a year in salary, benefits and support staff.
The average TDSB elementary school has 400 children, so for every 16 classrooms full of the children of illegal aliens we build a school.
As generally low-wage earners, they pay little back into the system even if they do pay taxes.
Information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada shows nearly two-thirds of Canadians want to deport people living illegally in the country, no matter how they got here.
By contrast, legal immigrants are the building block of the nation.
They always have been and since Canadians are unwilling these days to have enough babies to replace themselves, we need immigration.
Genuine refugees are here because we take in people who are fleeing for their lives. That is a different issue and so long as we ensure that their claims are legitimate, we have a proud history in that regard.
Illegal residents are not, as their defenders so often claim, “good, honest, hard-working folk who happen not to have paperwork.” They are a group of people to whom the law means nothing, demonstrating by their actions that they will do what benefits them, regardless of right or wrong.
They certainly do not deserve to be aided and abetted by City Hall.
One group defending illegal residents is called, “No One Is Illegal.” What an idiotic name.
Of course no one is illegal. But actions can be illegal and those who perpetrate illegal actions must be subject to penalty; in this case deportation.
The late U.S. president Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty for illegal aliens in his country and later called it his biggest mistake.
The population of illegal aliens in America exploded as they streamed into the country expecting they, too, would be rewarded for lawbreaking.
What reason is there to believe we have not put a big red light on the top of the CN Tower to announce that Toronto is the preferred destination for illegal residency in Canada?
Mr. Mayor, how soon can I expect my cheque?