“Immigration detention cholbey na! cholbey na!”* (immigration detention will not be tolerated!)
Report on day of action Free the three, Freedom for migrants, End detentions!
The numbers are shocking: since 2004, at least 95,000 immigrants have experienced detention; the longest held – under the notorious ‘security certificate ‘ regime – for more than 12 years. The figures are set to climb as new legislation gives the immigration minister the power to mark certain migrants arriving in Canada for mandatory detention. Yet it is not cold numbers but the impact on our communities and on people we love – the humiliation, re-traumatization, feeling of powerlessness, bewilderment, fear, family separation, the lives put on hold – that motivates us to put an end to this system of injustice.