Welcome to the website of No One Is Illegal Vancouver!

Posted by admin on Aug 16th, 2007

The website is a fairly comprehensive site, some navigation tips:
* Top menu includes extensive factual backgrounders.
* Blogroll below, categorized in right-hand menu, includes news and NOII updates.
* Large buttons on the right link to principles, photos, and campaigns.

100th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru – Mass Rally

Posted by admin on Jul 17th, 2014

Sunday, July 27 1:00pm

Canada Place
999 Canada Place, Vancouver,

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of an incident that occurred as a direct result of the racist policies of Canadian Government and the anti people laws it has enacted and enforced. The notorious “Continuous Passage Act of 1908” was one in a long list of such laws. These laws are also being enacted today, like bill C-24.

Passengers of the Komagata Maru endured ugly unwelcoming gestures upon their arrival in Canada, inhuman conditions while they awaited their fate in the waters of the Burrard Inlet, and death for 20 of them (a miserable life for the rest) on return.

The recent laws like the Super Visa (in the name of faster family reunification) and Bill C-24 (in the name of strengthening Canada’s citizenship act) are having devastating effects on the lives of Canadians.

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Great News! Immigration officer’s decision on failed asylum seeker Jose Figueroa was unreasonable, judge rules

Posted by admin on Jul 17th, 2014

By Douglas Quan


A senior immigration officer’s decision to deny permanent residency to a failed asylum seeker because of his links to a resistance movement in El Salvador did not take into account “exceptionally strong” humanitarian and compassionate reasons to let him stay, a federal judge has ruled in a case that activists say highlights how Canada’s laws can too easily peg someone as a security threat.

Jose Figueroa, who came to Canada as a refugee in 1997, was once a member of Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN) that opposed El Salvador’s former military regime. He helped recruit for the FMLN and organized meetings but was not involved in the armed struggle.

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Surrey Rally against Bill C-24 (Stealing Citizenship Act) July 5, 2014

Posted by admin on Jul 17th, 2014

Court Support for Jose Figueroa Postponed

Posted by admin on Jun 26th, 2014

The Federal Court hearing scheduled for July 2 has been postponed due to the death of a different judge — the judge hearing Jose Figueroa’s case has flown east for the funeral.

We will let you know when the new date is set. When the hearing takes place, we will gather outside the court house again, and show our support for Jose Figueroa, who remains in sanctuary due to an unjust deportation order.


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Rally against Bill C-24

Posted by admin on Jun 26th, 2014

Saturday, July 5 5:00 PM
Holland Park, Surrey
King George Highway and 100 Avenue
Next to the King George Skytrain Station


The Conservative government has passed a controversial bill in the name of strengthening the citizenship which in reality gives absolute power to the immigration minister to revoke citizenship of new Canadians.

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TFW? WTF: A Roundtable Discussion

Posted by admin on Jun 6th, 2014

Daniel Tseghay of NOII and Mainlander will host a roundtable with:


Performance by Sol Diana!

Tuesday June 17th at 6:30 pm
YWCA Hotel (733 Beatty Street, near Stadium Skytrain)
Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xʷməθkwəy̓əm and Selilwitulh nations)
(accessibility info below)

To RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/652709784805601/

Since 2003, the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) in Canada has more than tripled. The push for expansion of the TFW Program has largely come from employers’ organizations and business lobbies. Meanwhile permanent pathways to residency have been drastically impacted – from exclusionary refugee laws to cuts to family sponsorships.
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Sanctuary City from Below: dismantling the City of Vancouver

Posted by admin on Jun 3rd, 2014

by Harsha Walia


One of the experiences that propelled me into the migrant justice movement occurred thirteen years ago when Bilquis Fatima, a 64-year Pakistani refugee in a wheelchair, was reported to immigration officials during her dialysis treatment at the hospital. She was incarcerated with her son Imran, a minor, for over a month while awaiting deportation.

The very real experiences of thousands of migrants like Bilquis who are afraid of accessing healthcare, who are unable to enroll their children in school, who are denied access to food banks, who are ineligible for a range of social assistance benefits, who are detained by local police forces and turned over to immigration enforcement has underscored the critical and urgent need for Sanctuary City movements.
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Jose Figueroa Judicial Review Rally -May 26, 2014

Posted by admin on May 31st, 2014

Sozan Savehilaghi from No One Is Illegal addresses the CBSA declaration of Jose Figueroa’s inadmissibility to Canada and the hardship caused to the family. After over 3 hours, the hearing ended and the judge reserved decision.

NOII statement (English / Punjabi ): Commemorating 100 years of the Komagata Maru

Posted by admin on May 21st, 2014


Download flyer in English and Punjabi here

100 YEARS AGO the 376 passengers of Komagata Maru were refused entry into British Columbia by Canadian immigration officers. They experienced racism and hostility. Their inability to land caused hardship for the passengers, who soon lacked food and water, were denied access to medical attention, to communication with their family and to proper legal counsel.

As we commemorate this resilient journey and the determination of people, we honour their legacy including descendents who have persevered and established their lives here despite so many barriers. Now, 100 years later, the story of the Komogata Maru is being celebrated as an historical event that occurred at a time when “Our city looked very different”.

For many however, these changes are not evident.

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Justicia’s questions for the “House of Labour”: CLC Convention

Posted by admin on May 7th, 2014


Justicia for Migrant Workers is a collective of migrant workers, community and labour activists who organize to fight for better working and living conditions for migrant workers here in Canada and in their home countries.

This upcoming Canadian Labour Congress convention takes place at a critical juncture. Daily issues related to the crisis in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program grab headlines without any real dialogue on how to enact changes to enshrine the rights of migrant workers and to avoid a divide and rule strategy that only wounds the working class. Headlines construct a narrative or migrants taking Canadian jobs, decreasing workplace standards and having a negative impact in our economy.

We write this to challenge the conventional wisdom that migrant workers are the main reason for the crisis in the national and global economy. Rather, our focus should place the blame squarely on Canada’s broken immigration system and a precarious labour market that denies all workers the ability to work with dignity.

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