Canada Border Services Agency visits the Lev Tahor again
By Greg Holden
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) came away empty-handed today after several agents arrived in Chatham at about noon to apprehend a Lev Tahor member. It was a case of mistaken identity according to the Lev Tahor, with one member suggesting Chatham-Kent Children’s Services (CAS) was dealing in bad faith to cause the CBSA wild-goose chase.
CBSA were investigating a Chatham man who is a Canadian citizen according to Lev Tahor spokesperson Uriel Goldman. “The man they were looking for was at home and he was able to produce his Canadian citizenship, he is a Canadian”, said Goldman. Officials were looking for a man who Goldman said is not a member of their community. “He was asked for his identification last night and told them (CAS) that he is not the man they were looking for. A lot of us look the same. They (CAS) would not believe him, but no-one was taken away today by CBSA.”
Goldman spoke of the fear in the community and it’s effect on the children. “Recently the police showed up to another unit that has no Lev Tahor, but our children started crying and screaming ‘it is the police!'”
Seven adults were removed from the community during a CBSA raid on April 2. Only one of those members has returned according to Nachman Helbrans, a woman who is being allowed time before she leaves, by immigration officials, to make arrangements for her children who are Canadian citizens.
During the immigration raid on April 2, this reviewer was in a room where six young boys cried hysterically after their parents had been arrested and taken away. The raid today had no drama, Lev Tahor workers carried on un-bothered and loaded a trailer with boxes. Children played on a new swing set recently installed, enjoying the spring day. Normal for the Lev Tahor includes government officials on their doorstep.