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Worried about Trump-stoked exodus of immigrants, Canada discourages illegal crossings

LOS ANGELES - In a private dining room at Zov's restaurant in Tustin, Calif., a Canadian envoy made his pitch to about a dozen immigration attorneys and immigrant rights leaders.

Pablo Rodriguez, a member of Parliament, leaned over from his seat in the middle of the table and asked everyone to spread the word: Please do not cross into Canada illegally.

"Get the facts and make a decision based on the right facts, before leaving your jobs and taking your children out of school and going up there hoping to stay there forever," Rodriguez said. "Because if you don't qualify ... you will be returned and in this case not to the United States. You will have lost your status and would be returned to your country of origin."

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