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.

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Voices for Refugees Welcome

Posted by admin on Oct 3rd, 2015

Sunday, October 11 at 2:00pm

YWCA 733 Beatty Street (near Stadium Skytrain)


As part of 10 Days for Refugees Welcome (RefugeesWelcome.ca), No One Is Illegal-Vancouver – unceded Coast Salish Territories invites you to a panel discussion on what it means to be a refugee in Canada.

We assert Refugees Welcome! Freedom to move, stay and return.

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#‎RefugeesWelcome‬ responds to Emergency Relief Fund announcement on Syria

Posted by admin on Sep 12th, 2015

September 12, 2015

Toronto, Vancouver
Organizers of #RefugeesWelcome respond to the $100 million emergency matching fund announcement.

“This fund would not have saved Alan, Ghalib and Rehaana’s lives – what we need is to immediately bring refugees and migrants to Canada,” says Tings Chak of No One Is Illegal – Toronto

According to Harsha Walia of No One Is Illegal-Vancouver “This emergency relief fund is a band aid solution. The federal government needs to implement emergency measures, as it has done in the past, to immediately welcome Syrian refugees as well as re-unite family members from Syria. More importantly, the refugee crisis highlights how this government needs to completely overhaul our exclusionary immigration and refugee system so that all refugees and migrants can arrive and remain in safety.”

#RefugeesWelcome is also calling for the $100 million dollar emergency relief fund to be redirected from the $500 million being spent on military intervention in Syria. Walia further adds “We must put an immediate end to Canada’s role in creating an unprecedented crisis of refugees and displaced peoples. We must resolve the refugee crisis because we have a hand in worsening it.”

Refugees Welome actions have taken place in over 30 communities during the past week including in Antigonish, Ajax, Calgary, Charlottetown, Dauphin, Edmonton, Fredericton, Hamilton, Halifax, Inuvik, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, St. Catharines, St John’s, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. Further responses including educational forums and actions are being called across the country to be coordinated through a website expected to launch Monday September 14 at www.refugeeswelcome.ca

Refugees Welcome! Cross-country mobilizations

Posted by admin on Sep 4th, 2015

Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands
September 6, 2015, 2pm. Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson side)


With images and stories in the media on the migrant crisis from Syria and the surrounding areas, the deaths of the Aylan, Galip and Rehan Kurdi has shone a light on the complicity of the Canadian governments, itscorporations and allies in this crisis. Thousands of Eritrean, Somali, Syrian, Yemeni, and Balkan refugees are dying on the shores of Fortress Europe; as Latin Americans have died enroute to the United States of America.

Due to discriminatory restrictions implemented by the federal government, the number of refugee claims in Canada decreased by 50 percent and the number of accepted refugees dropped by 30 percent between 2006 and 2012. These laws and policies have caused untold misery and death. In Canada today, citizenship is harder to get, and easier to lose. Most racialized and poor migrants can only come here as short-term migrant workers, easily deported. Thousands of migrant workers and undocumented people have died after being denied services in Canada or been deported or repatriated after being injured to their death. Read more about Canadian immigraton policies at www.neverhome.ca

The Canadian government in alliance with resource-extractive corporations along with their European and American partners have been profiting from the wars, environmental collapse and economic depressions of many countries in the South resulting in over 52 million displaced people around the globe.

At the same time, communities are rising up across the globe. In Germany and Iceland, tens of thousands of people have forced open the borders, and opened their homes to refugees. It’s time for us to do the same.

Sep 4-9: Cross-country mobilizations

Ajax, Calgary, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, St. Catharines, St John’s, Toronto, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, Winnipeg

– see below for details on each

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Poster for Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Lodge fundraiser

Posted by admin on Aug 6th, 2015


Thursday, September 10 at 7:00pm – 11:00pm in PDT
Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street,
Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories

& in from Seattle! ABYSSINIAN CREOLE

Tickets: http://frontlines.bpt.me/

Print the poster and put it up somewhere



Response to Missing Mexican Migrant Workers Article

Posted by admin on Jul 27th, 2015

During the week of July 20, 2015, several news sources, including Castanet Media, the CBC, HuffingtonPost, Vancouver Sun, and KelownaNow, published stories about four Mexican farmworkers who had not been seen since late June 2015.

We, the undersigned, are outraged at the sensational and overtly racist coverage of this ‘story’, which reinforces and perpetuates negative stereotypes of Mexicans as criminals. The inclusion of mug-shot like photos of two of the men in select articles, the emphasis on the men’s temporary and foreign statuses, as well as the statement that both Canadian Border Services Agency and U.S.Department of Homeland Security had been alerted (Castanet) to the situation “to track” (VancouverSun) the group, actively frame Mexican migrants as constituting security threats and public menaces to both Canada and the United States. Ultimately, the suggestion that these men may do something illegal, particularly when no criminal act hasbeen committed, reflects the racist biases of these news outlets.
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Frontlines Beat Pipelines II: Fundraiser for the Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Center

Posted by admin on Jul 17th, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at 7:00pm – 11:00pm in PDT
Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street,
Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories

& in from Seattle! ABYSSINIAN CREOLE

Tickets: http://frontlines.bpt.me/

Even if you can’t attend in person, you can purchase and donate a ticket for low-income folks

Free for low-income folks: noii-van@resist.ca to reserve.

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Canada Border Services Agency ignores coroner’s jury in Lucia Vega Jimenez case

Posted by admin on Jul 15th, 2015

By Tara Carman


The federal government has awarded the Canada Border Services Agency security contract for the immigration holding centre at the Vancouver airport to Garda Canada, ignoring a coroner’s jury recommendation that CBSA use its own officers.

The jury made the recommendation amid revelations that a supervisor from the previous security firm, Genesis, falsified room check records the morning Mexican national Lucia Vega Jimenez hanged herself in a shower stall. The inquest heard evidence Genesis frequently understaffed the centre to the extent that guards could not safely perform room checks, and that guards routinely played video games or watched movies on overnight shifts.

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Babies behind bars and other news and updates

Posted by admin on Jun 28th, 2015


It’s official – second class citizenship goes into effect

Last Friday, part of Bill C-24 went into effect, officially creating a two-tier citizenship system. As a result of this new law, dual citizens and people who have immigrated to Canada can have their citizenship taken away while other Canadians cannot. The government’s press release last week tried to justify this discriminatory law by raising the threat of “jihadi terrorism,” but Bill C-24 could easily be used against non-terrorists—for example, a journalist who is convicted of a “terrorism offence” in another country for reporting on human rights violations by the government.

Read more: https://bccla.org/2015/06/its-official-second-class-citizenship-goes-into-effect/

Hundreds make final bids to stay in Canada after deportation hold lifted

Mr. Lafleur is one of 3,500 people in Canada – 3,200 Haitians and 300 Zimbabweans – who were affected when the federal government lifted a hold on deportations to their home countries in December, deeming the situation in Haiti and Zimbabwe to be stable. Those without status were given six months to apply for residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/hundreds-make-final-bids-to-stay-in-canada-after-deportation-hold-lifted/article24728764/

New Tory legislation will force deportation of foreign criminals and strip them of refugee protection

The government’s plans is to change several acts to make it easier and faster to remove non-Canadian criminals out of Canada, including some who have already been accorded refugee protection and permanent residency status, he said.

Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/new-tory-legislation-will-force-deportation-of-foreign-criminals-and-strip-them-of-refugee-protection

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Who killed Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan? Black Lives, Racisms, Police & Immigration.

Posted by admin on Jun 21st, 2015

SK Hussan


A week ago, Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, a 39 year old Somali man died in immigration detention custody after being denied adequate medical care, and then being ‘restrained’ by border and prison officials. Hassan, as he was known to his friends, came to Canada from Mogadishu in 1993 as a teenager. He was granted refugee status, but according to family members, didn’t gain permanent resident status because of his mental illness.

“He was moved from school to school. No one knew how to deal with him. He finally dropped out and we kept him at home,”  Deina Ibrahim told the Toronto Star. “Being bipolar, he had his good days and bad days. On a bad day, he got agitated and people would call police on him. He was just in and out of hospital a lot.”

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How Human Rights Organizations Are Implicated in Migrant Deaths

Posted by admin on Apr 23rd, 2015


by Joseph Nevins

The deaths of unauthorized migrants have long scarred the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. But as evidenced by a single incident on Sunday, April 19, the Mediterranean is the global epicenter of such fatalities.

An estimated 850 migrants—from a variety of countries, including Eritrea, Syria, Sierra Leone, and Bangladesh— perished when their less-than-seaworthy vessel capsized in the waters between Libya and the Italian island of Lampedusa. According to one report, “authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and sinking in the warm waters, with the majority of the dead apparently trapped in the ship at the bottom of the sea.”

In response, Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, borrowed a page from the talking points of U.S. authorities by pointing the finger at migrant smugglers. Using words that obscure how the growing strength of the European Union’s border policing apparatus—what many call “Fortress Europe”—effectively requires migrants to rely on professional smugglers and take ever-riskier routes to reach their hoped-for destinations, Renzi called smugglers “the slave drivers of the 21st century.”

It is hardly surprising that officials charged with policing national territorial boundaries do not indict the very system that kills migrants: the nation-state and its associated apparatus of exclusion for those deemed undesirable or unworthy. In the case of international human rights organizations, however, one can and should expect much better. Instead, one gets (at best) handwringing and calls for governments to make greater efforts to rescue endangered migrants. Meanwhile, these same organizations uphold and legitimize the very practices that make migrant fatalities inevitable, and thus help reproduce them.

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