Metro Vancouver hospitals refer hundreds of immigration cases to border police

Posted by admin on Feb 3rd, 2016

From January 2014 to October 2015, Fraser Health referred approximately 500 patients to the federal police force tasked with immigration enforcement.

by Travis Lupick on December 9th, 2015

http://www.straight.com/news/593441/metro-vancouver-hospitals-refer-hundreds-immigration-cases-border-police

Byron Cruz has encountered the sorts of situations that arise when someone is afraid a trip to a hospital could end with them being deported from the country.
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He once helped a man injured on a construction site connect with a veterinarian who stitched closed a deep cut, for example. And Cruz says it’s common for pregnant women to seek his network’s help for deliveries.

“My number works as a 911 number for undocumented people,” he said, interviewed at his office in the Downtown Eastside. “We never announced our services, but my number has been given to people as the number they can call. That is very scary, because 911 is for emergencies.”

Cruz is an organizer with Sanctuary Health, a group that promises people can access care without fear of any complication that might arise from their immigration status.

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CBSA enforcement against immigrants on the rise in B.C.

Posted by admin on Feb 2nd, 2016

by Travis Lupick

http://www.straight.com/news/614931/cbsa-enforcement-against-immigrants-rise-bc

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) immigration-enforcement activities conducted in B.C. have intensified this year, an analysis of regional department data suggests.

CBSA recently supplied the Straight with statistics for the last two fiscal years (which run from April to March) plus the last nine months of 2015. Based on that data, the Straight estimates that CBSA Pacific region officers will have initiated 2,210 immigration investigations by March 31, 2016. That’s up from 1,843 during the previous fiscal year and 2,060 for 2013-14.

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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

http://www.vancouversun.com/private+security+firm+gets+contract+monitor+Vancouver+airport+holding+cells/11205566/story.html

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

IMMIGRATION CHANGES:

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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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

Lee Maracle speaking at May Day Assembly 2011

Posted by admin on Jan 22nd, 2013

Talking about Indigenous Sovereignty and No One Is Illegal

Obama Administration To Stop Deporting Younger Undocumented Immigrants And Grant Work Permits

Posted by admin on Jul 8th, 2012

by  Elise Foley

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/obama-immigration-order-deportation-dream-act_n_1599658.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration responded to years of pressure from immigrants rights groups on Friday with an announcement that it will stop deportations and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible students.

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How the Right Made Racism Sound Fair—and Changed Immigration Politics

Posted by admin on Sep 13th, 2011

by Gabriel Thompson, Colorlines, 13 Sep. 2011

In June of 2009, Sen. Charles Schumer took the stage in front of a capacity crowd at the Georgetown Law Center. The event was billed as “Immigration: A New Era,” and Schumer, who chairs the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, was on campus to unveil his seven principles for a reform bill.

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Migrants clash with police in Italy

Posted by admin on Aug 2nd, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 07:22, Times of Malta

Hundreds of asylum-seekers clashed with riot police near an immigrant centre in the southern Italian city of Bari yesterday in a protest to demand refugee status that left dozens lightly injured. Protesters hurled rocks and metal bars at police lines, set off fires and trashed the facility on the outskirts of Bari. Police responded with tear gas and live rounds fired into the air and 30 protesters were arrested. The rioters blocked a main road and railway for several hours, disrupting regional train services and car traffic. A passing bus was also wrecked.

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Fiorito: Here is how we harm the wounded

Posted by admin on Jul 25th, 2011

Published On Mon Jul 25 2011, Toronto Star

The women wanted to talk but they were nervous and afraid. They live in Toronto, under the radar, without immigration status. One of the women had her refugee claim denied; she is appealing on humanitarian grounds. The other is being hunted as I write. I met them through Ruth Campbell, a research fellow at the Wilson Centre at the Toronto General Hospital. Ruth has just completed a study of some two dozen women who are here illegally, and who need medical help and can’t get it. Are they illegal? Ruth said, “The term I use is ‘undocumented; it doesn’t have the same judgment that ‘illegal’ has.” And then she said, “The women in the study, some of them have been tortured or raped, or they have had their sons shot in front of their eyes, or their husbands have been kidnapped; some of them, if they came forward, would be deported.”

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