From No One Is Illegal in Canada:
Hmmm, the only reason they are not over run with people from south of the border is because we are between Canada and Mexico. Is anyone tired of hearing how migration is a right and no one is illegal? Yes, you are illegal, you are an illegal alien by definition of law. these people DEMAND what is not rightly theirs, they do not ASK; even in Canada.
Status for all!
Regularization is an issue of self-determination and justice. Without status, hundreds of thousands of so-called “illegal” migrants are forced to live underground where they face extreme poverty, inadequate access to health care and education, and under the constant threat of detention and deportation. At the same time, many sectors of the Canadian economy depend on the highly exploitable labour of non-status people.
Our national Status for All campaign has developed 12 principles of regularization, most fundamentally demanding a comprehensive, transparent, inclusive and ongoing regularization program that is equitable and accessible to all persons living without permanent residency in Canada. While any regularization program is in process, all levels of government in Canada must guarantee non-status people full and equal access to health care, social assistance, education, childcare, employment, labour protection, housing, legal aid and domestic violence services without fear of criminalization, detention or deportation.
End detentions and deportations!
Seeking asylum and making the decision to migrate is a right, not a crime. However, an increasing number of migrants are being placed behind bars where they are often shackled and verbally or physically abused. Approximately 10,000 asylum seekers per year have been detained by Canadian immigration for a time period ranging from 48 hours to over 18 months. The vast majority of detentions are strategies of forcible confinement in order to ensure deportation, and thus represent the unquestioned legitimacy of state sovereignty in criminalizing the mere act of migration.
The popular conception is those whom Canada ultimately deports are ‘undesirables’ who ‘failed’ the legal processes to become a refugee or an immigrant. However, the reality is that an increasing number of asylum seekers are being deported because of structural flaws in the refugee determination process. For example, Immigration and Refugee Board members are political appointees who are not required to have any experience in the law; there is no Refugee Appeal Division despite its guarantee provided in the June 2002 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; certain avenues such as the Pre Removal Risk Assessment have acceptance rates of 3-5% while others such as the Humanitarian and Compassionate claim do not have to be processed prior to deportation. The refugee system has been termed a ‘lottery system’ because acceptance rates can vary from 0-80% depending on the judge. At a most basic level, we challenge the notion that some migrants are more worthy than others; we believe that freedom of movement is a fundamental human right.
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.
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