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Canada's public safety minister is facing more criticism in the wake of last week's video-taped arrests of immigrants suspected of being illegal.
Protesters say Freedom of Information documents show Vic Toews personally approved the filming by crews from the reality show Border Security.
In May 2011, he signed an 11-page contract with the production company.
Local activist Sara Kendall says more than 7,500 people have now signed a petition demanding that program be cancelled.
"It’s important that people understand the levels of complicity between the local companies, the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) itself – all the way up to the minister, Vic Toews, giving his explicit, written permission for something so horrible and de-humanizing to take place in Vancouver."
The families of some detained immigrants have also denounced the program, calling it a disgusting violation of their privacy and civil liberties.