Canadian immigration raid filmed for reality TV

An immigration raid in Vancouver that was reportedly filmed for a reality TV show has been condemned by a immigration activists.

A construction site in East Vancouver was raided by immigration officials on Thursday looking for undocumented workers. A number of TV cameras were seen filming the arrests.

The immigration advocacy group No One Is Illegal said those arrested were asked to sign release forms so they could be identified for the reality TV show.

“The fact that watching people being detained and arrested and humiliated and interrogated becomes something that we consume as part of our nightly entertainment – there is something deeply troubling about this and very dehumanizing,” said group member Harsha Walia.

The Canada Border Services Agency is now a part of a reality series for National Geographic called Border Security: Canada’s Front Line.

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