The Canadian Border Services Agency will likely press ahead with efforts to deport paralyzed failed refugee claimant Laibar Singh, despite a second failed attempt to remove the man early yesterday morning.

Several hundred people gathered outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Surrey, blocking access, while Singh’s lawyer and temple representatives met with police and immigration agents.

The deportation attempt, which was scheduled for 4:30 a.m., was called off at about 5 a.m.

Though unable to comment specifically on the Singh case, CBSA spokesman Christopher Williams said the government is committed to enforcing deportation orders.

"The Federal Government does not condone individuals hiding in places of worship to avoid removal from Canada," said Williams in a written statement yesterday.

Harjap Grewal, a member of No One Is Illegal who was among those outside the temple, said Singh should be allowed to stay on humanitarian grounds and because he has demonstrated ties in Canada.

Singh entered Canada in 2003 with forged documents and made a refugee claim. In 2006 he suffered an aneurysm that left him paralyzed. Despite arguments that he would die sent back to India, he was ordered to be deported in June.

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  • On Dec. 10, about 1,500 people protested outside Vancouver International Airport preventing Singh’s deportation by blocking immigration agents from reaching him.

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