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Immigration Policy

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Fighting unjust immigration policies

As we fight for freedom to move, return and stay, we organize against unjust immigration policies. This includes public education on impacts of regressive laws, protests and direct actions to stop the laws from passing, confronting decision makers and building pressure in the mainstream media.

Scroll below to see our latest actions and updates on current immigration policies in place.

PUBLIC FORUM: C-51 can't stop us! Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance

Mar/30/2015 - 6:00 pm

with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.

March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.

As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.

- ANISHINAABE WOMAN ACTIVIST (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 15 years.


Honouring Evelyn: Solidarity with Migrant and Sex Workers

Evelyn Bumatay Castillo was murdered on Saturday, October 11th at Quality Inn near Toronto International Airport. 43-years-old and a Filipino citizen, Evelyn came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker in January 2013. While caring for a family with three children, Evelyn was also working as an independent sex worker. Evelyn is survived by an 86-year-old mother in the Philippines and a 22-year-old son, who she had not seen in 10 years while working abroad to support her family.

Canadian Immigration: Family Reunification for the Rich and the Lucky

No One Is Illegal – Toronto responds to the May 2013 changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program for Sponsorship

Last week, under the guise of “re-opening” family reunification, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney revealed significant changes to the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program, once again making it harder for families to be reunited in Canada. With more exclusive conditions, only the wealthy or the lucky ones who make the first-come-first-served cut-off will be reunited with families, leaving behind the thousands who have been waiting for the past 10 years.

In 2011, Minister Kenney imposed a two-year freeze on immigration applications from parents and grandparents, shutting out the 165,000 people who had applied under the program many of whom had been waiting over eight years. Under the new restrictions, most of these families will remain shut out.

Call the Healthcare Denied Campaign Line!

No One Is Illegal - Toronto has launched an anonymous phone line for migrant patients and service providers to share information about healthcare services they are being denied or are unable to provide due to recent changes to refugee healthcare by the federal government.

CALL 1 888 602 6365
press 1 if you were denied services, press 2 if you are a service provider who is facing constraints

"We are trying to figure out exactly where immigrants and refugees are facing obstacles, what medication and services people need the most, which hospitals and services are denying or charging for services," explained Nanky Rai of No One Is Illegal - Toronto. "We are hearing stories about the impacts of the cuts to refugee health care on refugees individually but we don't know enough about which healthcare institutions are most vehemently implementing the federal regulations."

Canada's new immigration paradigm: Detention, Deportation and Abuse

On December 15, the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31, formally the "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act") will be fully implemented.

Please watch, and share this video, of past and current immigration detainees and No One Is Illegal - Toronto organizers explaining the impacts of these new laws. Filmed by Liberation Cooperative Organization outside the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre.


Among other things, these laws will mean even more immigrants will end up in in immigration detention.

Did you know that there have been nearly 95,000 immigrants that have spent time in detention in Canada since 2004? and that immigration detention is $50 + million business with private companies managing and operating immigration detention centres?

Includes a flyer you can print and distribute


As of December 15, 2012, our communities face:

* Mandatory detention: Many refugees deemed "irregular arrivals" or "smuggled", including children over the age of 16, will face mandatory detention upon arrival. Migrants will become one of the largest growing prison populations with Harper's prison expansion plan.

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