Man seeks refuge in Sikh temple - should he be deported?

@bonbon664 (3470)
Canada
July 9, 2007 7:41pm CST
Here is the news story. There is a man in Canada who came here on a fake passport. Unfortunately, while in Canada he became very ill. On the day he was to be deported, he sought sanctuary in a Sikh temple. I'm sorry, but, I'm not very sympathetic. I think the RCMP should go in, and put him on a plane. There is ample medical care in India, and he has family to go to there. What do you think? What should the government do? http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/07/09/bc-sikhsanctuary.html
2 responses
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Jul 07
I don't know how things are there...but I was lead to understand that if a person sought "sanctuary" in any kind of religious building that person can't be touched....Now it would be different if he was some kind of terrorist I think...but it does seem to be a rule...a person seeks sanctuary in a religious place he/she can't be touched--of course the person is eventually going to want to leave I'd imagine--then he can be taken
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
10 Jul 07
"Well, there is no law preventing us from going into a church. However, we urge anyone who is under a removal order to abide by Canada's laws and leave Canada," St. John said. "Historically, we have not gone into a church but there's no law preventing us from doing so." That's what the police say, apparently there's nothing from stopping them from going in there. By the way, thanks for responding. Apparently people want to talk about what they wore today, or other such important topics.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
10 Jul 07
It's true that there would be nothing to prevent authorities from going into the temple--but can you imagine the possible riot that could occur if they tried to drag him out...it seems he has a lot of people supporting and backing him up and also agree with his hiding out in there
• United States
10 Jul 07
Well - sonner or later, he will have to leave the temple. That would be the time to grab him. I understand the reason for their not going in to grab him, as in most religions, that can be considered sacrilege, & when that hits the news, it usually does not look good for the government, unless he had actually committed other crimes other than being in the country illegally. If he requires some kind of medical care, it should also not to be on the backs of the citizens. The thing is, if he has no money to pay for it, I don't know of any way to make him pay for it. As for family in india, he may NOT have them to go to. I also don't know if they can bill the Indian government for whatever medical care he ended up getting, but I don't think their medical technology is as good there. I'm actually thinking that they should give him an ultimatum of: Either he surrenders & gets back on a plane, or maybe they'll tie a raft to a ship heading from there to India & have him returned that way.