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Reyes, who came to Canada from the Philippines seven years ago, has been working at a Minit Lube franchise in Red Deer, Alta., as a temporary foreign worker. He’s now facing the reality he will soon have to return home. “ When I was in the Philippines, life was really hard for me, but when I got a chance to work here, everything changed,” said Reyes at his lawyer’s office in Calgary. “ I was able to send my kids to school because life in the Philippines is hard. If I go back to the Philippines, my girls cannot finish their studies, and it’s going to break their hearts.” Reyes turns 48 later this month. His application for permanent residency, filed last November, has been rejected, and his hopes of eventually becoming a Canadian citizen are in jeopardy. “ It’s Canadian first; I understand,” said Reyes. “ It’s Canadian first, but I deserve to stay. I pay my taxes, I work hard, I do not break the law. I deserve to be a Canadian, or at least a permanent resident.” In 2011, the Conservative government set April 1, 2015, as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low- skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or return home. In Alberta alone, 10,000 temporary foreign workers have applied to stay in Canada. Immigration Canada hasn’t divulged the total number of workers who now must leave, but immigration and labour market experts have estimated tens of thousands are affected. Peter Wong, Reyes’ lawyer, said he represents more than 30 workers in similar circumstances. He’s trying to buy them some time in the hope government officials will issue what he calls a “ rare exception.” “ There are lots of what I would call very desperate attempts to remain in Canada after that April 1 deadline,” Wong said. “ Some will work. The vast majority will not and that’s the sad reality.” Vanessa Routley, a Toronto immigration lawyer, was critical of the deadline, saying it unfairly targets the lowest- paid and lowest- skilled, leaving executives and engineers unaffected. “ Rather than offering these hard workers a pathway to permanent residence where they could continue the low- skilled jobs nobody else wants, the Canadian public has been sold a line that exchanging one legion of temporary workers for another every four years is a solution.” In Ottawa, Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre defended the government’s position. “ Our policy is that Canadians should come first for Canadian jobs,” Poilievre told reporters. “ The April 1st deadline has been known for a very long time, and the purpose of the program is for it to be temporary. That’s why they’re called temporary foreign workers.” — The Canadian Press MONTREAL — As many as 500 Asian women were allegedly smuggled into the country to take part in a Canadawide prostitution ring the RCMP says it has dismantled. Federal authorities announced Wednesday they’d struck against two major cells of the network in the last five days and arrested six people in the greater Montreal and Toronto areas. The accused are allegedly part of an Asian- based organized crime ring that operated bawdy houses in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. They face a host of charges including procuring, procuring minors, advertising sexual services and gaining a material benefit from sexual services. Other immigration- related charges could be laid later as well as serious gangsterism charges. Police say the alleged victims, mainly from Korea and China, received assistance from a criminal organization to enter the country either illegally through land crossings or with student and visitor visas obtained under false pretences. They were then controlled and exploited by the prostitution ring and would be put to work across the country, said RCMP Const. Érique Gasse. Gasse told reporters the women were aware they were coming to Canada to work in prostitution, but were told it would be under decent working conditions. “ They were supported, controlled and exploited by a prostitution ring that operated across Canada,” Gasse said. “ The victims were exploited for several weeks in one place and then transported across the country to continue the same line of work, still in appalling conditions.” The RCMP haven’t been able to pinpoint an exact number of victims, but said there could be as many as 500. The contents of computers and cellphones confiscated during 16 police seizures may shed light on a list of clients. “ After a few weeks or months, the girls were returned to their country of origin,” Gasse told a news conference at Saint- Hubert Airport, just south of Montreal. Two alleged ringleaders were arrested and flown to Montreal from Toronto on Wednesday and are to appear in court Thursday. Four others from Montreal and Notre- Dame- de- L’Île- Perrot, a suburb of Montreal, appeared in court earlier this week. Two people remain on the lam — a 34- year- old man from Toronto and a 20- year- old woman from Montreal. Two clients arrested during the operations will also face charges of being found in a bawdy house. Authorities say they also seized two vehicles and an important sum of cash. — The Canadian Press By Bill Graveland Temporary foreign workers out of time Expired permits forcing thousands to leave Canada RCMP bust nationwide prostitution network ‘ They were supported, controlled and exploited by a prostitution ring that operated across Canada’ — RCMP Const. Érique Gasse MIKE RIDEWOOD / THE CANADIAN PRESS Mario Reyes ( right), a citizen of the Philippines living in Red Deer, Alta., will stay in Canada during his appeal. A_ 10_ Apr- 02- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A10 4/ 1/ 15 10: 26: 35 PM

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