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.

Justice for Deepan! National Banner-Drop Day of Action

Posted by admin on Apr 9th, 2014

This morning NOII- Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories  joined over 10 cities in a National  banner-drop day of action in solidarity with Deepan Budlakoti in his fight against double punishment and to restore his citizenship.

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We stands in solidarity with Deepan in his struggle for status and dignity. We continue to fight alongside all migrant communities in resisting racist immigration policies and systems that exploit and dehumanize migrants.

End double punishment! Stop the deportations! Status for all!

For more information about Deepan’s story and today’s actions visit www.justicefordeepan.org

7th Annual Community March Against Racism

Posted by admin on Mar 18th, 2014

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7th Annual Community March Against Racism
Saturday March 22, 2014
Gather at 2 pm

March begins at Victory Square, Cambie and Hastings
Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories.

Family-friendly festivities! Bring your neighbours, banners and drums!


The International Day for the Elimination of Racism marks the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa when police opened fire on hundreds of South Africans protesting against Apartheid’s passbook laws, killing 67 and wounding 186. Every year we join friends and allies around the world to mark this day and to speak the truth about racism.

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Migrant Dignity Not Migrant Death: National Actions Against CBSA Enforcement

Posted by admin on Feb 20th, 2014

* Marking 2-month anniversary of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death
* Honouring 5-months of historic migrant strike in Linsday detention
* Solidarity with Awan family in Sanctuary for 6 months

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Join us for a creative action!
February 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Downtown Vancouver Public Library
(Robson and Homer)
Coast Salish Territories

In Montreal:

In Toronto:

From the historic strike waged by detained migrants to denounce their conditions at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, to the tragedies of Lucia Vega Jimenez and the Wajli family, to the courageous decision of families like the Awan and Figueroa family to take sanctuary behind confined walls, migrants across the country are finding themselves in situations of tremendous precarity, sometimes even resorting to death rather than facing detention and deportation.

February 28 marks the two-month anniversary of the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s while under CBSA custody. Lucia attempted suicide while in immigration enforcement custody awaiting deportation. She died 8 days later on December 28, 2013. CBSA kept her death a secret, and to date neither a full coroner’s inquest nor an independent investigation has been ordered. Over the past five years there have been a number of migrant deaths in detention, while awaiting deportation, or upon deportation. These include Jan Szamko, Habtom Kibreab, Walji family, Hossein Blujani, Lucia Vega Jimenez, Grise, and Veronica Castro.

February also marks the five-month anniversary of the historic migrant strike in Lindsay Ontario against endless detentions and maximum security incarceration. Striking migrants have faced reprisals with many deported, locked-up in segregation, moved to other prisons, and denied access to legal counsel. Since 2004, there have been 8,838-14,362 migrant detentions per year in Canada. Over a third of these, like the detainees in Lindsay, are held in maximum-security provincial prisons. Canada is one of the only ‘Western’ countries to indefinitely detain people. This means that some immigration detainees have been unjustly locked away, without charge, for nearly ten years.

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The story of a young woman

Posted by admin on Feb 19th, 2014

A young woman arrived to the Lower Mainland to work as a domestic worker under the Live-In Caregiver migrant worker program. She worked for just over a year in the home of a middle-class family under abusive conditions: working over 14 hours a day, faced verbal abuse from her employers, and was forced to perform domestic chores beyond providing childcare. As in the case of thousands of other migrant domestic workers, she had little to no recourse and endured this until she could no longer and left the employer. The employer filed a police report and she was forced underground in order to stay safe from authorities and the employer. She continued to live and work underground under dismal conditions - including as a dishwasher and in the retail sector – and again, with long hours and less than minimum wage. Last year she filed a refugee claim in order to regularize her status and remain in Canada. However, she was refused by the Immigration and Refugee Board on the basis that she did not face persecution in her country of origin. Furthermore, immigration lawyers accused her of not fulfilling her required commitment under her LCP visa. She now faces deportation from Canada.

End Immigration Detention: Statement by NOII-Van

Posted by admin on Feb 4th, 2014


Not One More Death, Not One More Detention, Not One More Deportation.

The recent tragic and shameful news of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death while under Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) custody in a migrant detention center has left us all reeling and outraged. Lucia was a 42-year old Mexican migrant who worked in Vancouver as a hotel worker. She was arrested on December 1, 2013 for an unpaid bus ticket and then transferred to immigration authorities, who incarcerated her at a provincial prison pending deportation. On December 20 she hung herself in the bathroom of the Vancouver Airport detention center and eight days later died in hospital, while still under CBSA custody. CBSA kept her death a secret, and to date neither a full coroner’s inquest nor an independent investigation has been ordered.

Since September 17, 2013 hundreds of migrant detainees incarcerated at the Centre East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario have been on strike, including boycotting their detention hearings and hunger-strike (two men were on hunger strike for over sixty days). The detainees are calling for their release and an end to indefinite detention and maximum-security incarceration. Striking migrants have faced reprisals with many deported, locked-up in segregation, moved to other prisons, and denied access to legal counsel.

These stories have brought some attention to migrant detention in Canada, but the reality is that migrant detention is shrouded in secrecy.


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Not One More Death!

Posted by admin on Jan 31st, 2014

Lucia Vega Jimenez’s death is the latest in a series of suicides and deaths as a result of violent and exclusionary immigration and refugee policies.

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Petition: Justice for Lucia Vega Jimenez

Posted by admin on Jan 31st, 2014

Migrant dignity, not migrant death!

Sign and share: http://chn.ge/1kavtbV

Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety
Barb McLintock, BC Coroners Service
Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner
Luc Portelance, President of CBSA
Roslyn MacVicar, Pacific Regional Director CBSA
John Dyck, Metro Vancouver District Director CBSA
Wayne Easter, Public Safety Critic
Randall Garrison, Public Safety Critic
Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Immediately order a full, transparent, independent civilian inquiry & investigation into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez while under CBSA custody. We need independent civilian oversight & a comprehensive review of migrant detention policies. Cruel and punitive conditions of migrant detention, such as indefinite detention, as well as the new Refugee Exclusion Act that permits mandatory detention and a two-tier refugee system, must end.

[Your name]

The story of a father of three

Posted by admin on Jan 30th, 2014

A nonstatus low-income father of three died the first week of January 2014. He lived in the Lower Mainland for over twenty years, but deemed ’illegal’ and without a work permit he was forced to work in the street economy. His three children were born in Canada, and are working and attending university. A few years ago he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition for which he received emergency healthcare, but was prevented from accessing full treatment due to his lack of legal status.

Last year, with the Tory government’s implementation of the drastic Interim Federal Health cuts to refugee healthcare, he faced even greater life-threatening risk. In the words of his daughter, who predicted that ”Bill C-31 will kill my father.” No One Is Illegal organized and fought alongside him and his family and he won temporary status which reinstated medical treatment, but it was too late as his health had already deteriorated drastically. He passed away on January 8, 2014 and his service was held on January 25, 2014.

Petition launched, Vancouver vigil planned after Mexican woman dies in CBSA custody

Posted by admin on Jan 30th, 2014

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VANCOUVER — Many questions remain surrounding the death of a Mexican woman who had been held by Canada Border Services Agency at Vancouver’s airport, and the agency is revealing few answers. Lucia Vega Jimenez was taken into custody at Vancouver International Airport last month. BC Coroners Service confirmed Wednesday that the 42-year-old was rushed to the hospital Dec. 20 after she was found hanging in a shower stall at the airport’s immigration holding centre. Vega Jimenez was removed from life support a week later with her family present, Coroner Barb McLintock said in a written release. News of Vega Jimenez’s death surfaced in media reports this week, prompting civil liberties activists to question why CBSA did not disclose information about the death sooner.

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Mexican woman’s death prompts calls for civilian oversight of border agency

Posted by admin on Jan 30th, 2014

By: Debra Black Immigration Reporter, Published on Thu Jan 30 2014

Refugee advocates are calling for civilian oversight of the Canada Border Services Agency after a Mexican woman who had been working in a hotel died in hospital following her detention in the immigration holding centre at Vancouver airport. Lucia Vega Jimenez, 42, was found hanging in a shower stall and rushed to hospital on Dec. 20. She died a week later when she was removed from life support with her family present. Jimenez had been picked up in Vancouver on a transit fare violation and was handed over to the border agency for deportation. Her death was not made public until this week. It has triggered a firestorm of criticism over the lack of accountability of the border agency, with many advocates calling for the establishment of an independent civilian oversight mechanism.

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