Members of No One Is Illegal Toronto and allies in St. Catharines hand delivered letters to seven of the twelve members of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) today in a coordinated blitz demanding that the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31) be thrown in to the dustbin of history.
How the proposed new Refugee Exclusion Act - Bill C-31 - affects our Communities & How to Stop It.
A Community Forum and Call to Action by No One Is Illegal Toronto & the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Thursday, APRIL 12, 6pm
Friends Meeting House
60 Lowther Avenue (just 1 block north from St.George Station - Bedford Exit).
Speakers: Audrey Macklin (Faculty of Law, UofT), Gina Csanyi-Robah (Roma Community Centre) and Karin Baqi (South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario)
Statement endorsed by No One Is Illegal Halifax, No One Is Illegal Toronto, and No One Is Illegal Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
Last week Minister of Censorship and Deportation Jason Kenney tabled Bill C-31, an omnibus Refugee Exclusion Act. This Act is racist. It creates a two-tier system of refugee protection, increases incarceration, denies and revokes legal status, and violently targets and expels refugees and
migrants from Canada.
Under the proposed Refugee Exclusion Act, the following provisions will be established:
No One Is Illegal-Toronto responds to 2011 Immigration report
In another sly public relations tactic, Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney has announced that Canada will give permanent residence to 25,000 parents and grandparents in 2012, a 60% increase from 2010. In addition, on December 1st, the heroically named Parent and Grandparent Super Visa will come into effect, allowing long-separated loved ones to visit their children and grandchildren in Canada for up to 2 years.
This seems just grand, until you read the truth behind the lies.
1. The actual backlog—that is, applications the Harper-Kenney government has refused to process—is 165,000 people. Allowing in only 25,000 parents and grandparents means that 140,000 families will still remain separated.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has reintroduced Bill C-4 (formerly Bill C-49), the so-called Preventing Human Smuggling Bill. Under this Bill, any group of migrants can be designated 'a smuggling incident'. Once they have been designated as such, migrants can be jailed for up to 12 months; are denied the ability apply for permanent resident status for five years after they have been granted refugee status; cannot apply on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, for a temporary resident permits or refugee travel documents for five years or longer; are banned from appealing an unfavorable decision and cannot sponsor their families five years. Bill C-4 also gives immigration officers powers to arrest and detain any foreign national or permanent resident on suspicions of criminal activity without proof.
On June 20, 2011, World Refugee Day, migrant justice activists from No One Is Illegal - Toronto hung a 40 feet by 10 feet banner off a major highway in downtown Toronto reading "Canada Jails Refugees".
(2) Take a minute to write letters to the editor, comment on online news stories & post on social media! Reinforce your support for migrants, demand that Bill C4 be scrapped. All letters must be short (100 words), include name, mailing address and daytime phone number of the writer; state “Letter to the Editor” in subject; and content should be in the body of the email. Globe and Mail: email@example.com; Toronto Star: firstname.lastname@example.org; National Post: email@example.com; 24 Hours: firstname.lastname@example.org; Now Toronto: email@example.com; Metro News: http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/contactus
(3) Let Jason Kenney know what you think about his racist anti-migrant bill. Call him 403-225-3480 or 613-992-2235; Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter @kenneyjason