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Visa overstays demand the government obey its own laws and regulation on immigration

Visa overstays demand the government obey its own laws and regulation on immigration

TORONTO – An impressive turn-out by Italians and Portuguese desirous of a Permanent Residency status last night (Oct.,10) at the Dante Alighieri Academy. Over 300 people in attendance.
The event, billed as an information and public consultation session, was organized by Catia Rizzo and Mark Anthony Alonzi in conjunction with some young Italians associated with the “virtual organization” Toronto Italians (those young people who recently left Italy in search of a more promising future in Canada).
On the Portuguese side, the invitees were facilitated by the earnest Manuel Alexandre and Joe Pimentel, both mainstays of the Undocumented Workers Committee. 
MP Francesco Sorbara who took time away from his anniversary celebrations to attend, offered that both the federal Minister and his party were working to resolve a longstanding problem in the Department. Both are committed to ensuring that equity and fairness of access to Canada by Southern Europeans is restored.
Provincial Minister Laura Albanese concurred: “we won’t solve the problem overnight” but we commit to working together to that end”.
The issues however were not so easily avoided when the public was allowed to pose questions and make comments. People are working, paying taxes, obeying the law, providing employment for others and yet face exploitation and the threat of deportation literally daily.
It is expensive, monetarily as well as emotionally, for them to keep up this “life style”.
Some of their stories were moving. And clearly had an impact on some of the other dignitaries present (MPP Christina Martins, Trustee Frank D’Amico, former MPPs Laurena Leone, Odoardo Di Santo and Minister Hussain’s staff). Minister Albanese acknowledged that the big stumbling block was language or lack of ability in one of the official languages. Manuel Alexandre could not resist commenting inn a very deferential intervention that “it seems odd, one does not need English to drive a cab, but one needs English to drive a nail in a 2×4”.
There was a significant participation by members of a “revived” COMITES, the organization that represents Italians resident abroad. 
Again, the National Congress of Italian Canadians was not present. Also part of the event was a contingent of members of the PD party, all of them committed as well to begin placing pressure on political pressure points to arrive at a solution. Rocco Galati, Constitutional lawyer and counsel to the group, announced that he would be presenting a challenge in Court next Monday. “Simply put, these people are made to suffer unnecessarily because the government is refusing to obey its own laws and regulations”, he said. “If it won’t uphold them why should these people be punished for trying to made do?”
 
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