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Partial list of organizations and groups opposing Bill C-49

Does your organization condemn the anti-human smuggling laws? If so, please email

1. Action Réfugiés Montréal
2. AGIR - Action LGBTQ for Immigrants and Refugees
3. Amnesty International Canada
4. AMSSA – the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC
5. Anti-Human Trafficking Action Group (Windsor)
6. Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate (AWCCA) program, George Brown College
7. Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
8. British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
9. Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Citizenship and Immigration Law Section
10. Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
11. Canadian Civil Liberties Association
12. Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' Justice and Peace Commission
13. Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
14. Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN)
15. Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association
16. Canadian Tamil Congress

Action Alert: Proposed Immigration Act Jails Refugees, Separates Families, Keeps People Sick

Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney have proposed a new Immigration Act, Bill C-49. It would allow the Minister of Public Safety to declare any group of migrants coming in to Canada, a 'smuggling incident'. There is no definition of a 'smuggler' in this Act.

For the asylum seekers who are declared part of an incident (which could be anyone making a refugee claim in a groups of 2 or more), the Conservative government wants to:

  • Jail them for a minimum of one year
  • Deny access to health services
  • Deny monthly detention reviews, allowing migrants in jail a chance to gain freedom only once every 6 months
        • Be able to revoke people's refugee status after it has been granted by the refugee determination process
        • Ban applications for permanent residence for five years after gaining refugee status
        • Bar people from reuniting with their families for five years after gaining refugee status
        • Stop people from leaving Canada for five years after gaining refugee status
        • Deny the right of appeal to a rejected refugee claim
        • Put in an ex-CSIS director and the man responsible for police brutality during the G20 as a special advisor on human migration

    This is an absolute outrage. This Act is now at second reading in Parliament and must be stopped.

    It is imperative that people across Canada are aware of this bill and its implications. Please call, fax and email your Member of Parliament (details follow) and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.

    Harper repeats past immigration blunders, targets migrants

    21 October 2010

    Media Contacts
    Syed Hussan,, 416.465.5684
    Macdonald Scott,, 647.710.5046

    Harper repeats past immigration blunders, targets migrants

    Toronto -- Immigrant and refugee rights organization, No One Is Illegal-Toronto, insists that the ‘Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act’ will further limit people's ability to migrate to Canada and should be immediately scrapped.

    "With Canada slamming the door on refugee claimants applying from overseas, the only real way for people to come to Canada as refugees is to apply for status from within the country", explains Macdonald Scott, an immigration consultant and a member of the Immigration Legal Committee. "Applying for refugee status in Canada is enshrined in both Canadian and International law. By saying that it’s illegal, and an abuse of the system, Harper is trying to play us all for fools."

    Changes To The Immigration System That You Need to Know About

    (1) The Conservative Attacks on the Refugee System:
    Why Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is Lying

    Jason Kenney recently proposed a number of sweeping changes to the Refugee System. Unfortunately, most of what he said was deceiving, or an outright lie.

    Kenney Says: Canada’s asylum system is crippled by long delays and a cumbersome process. This results in claims taking years to resolve.

    We Say: When the Tories took power in 2005, the backlog was zero and the processing time was 11.5 months. It has now gone up to 19.5 months and the backlog is in the thousands. The Tories created this ‘crisis’ to push through these vicious changes.

    Kenney Says: The Government-Assisted Refugees Program will be expanded over time by up to 500 places. An additional 2,000 places will be added to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program..

    Community Group Outraged at Kenney’s Proposed Refugee Reforms


    By No One Is Illegal-Vancouver - March 30th, 2010

    Community Group Outraged at Kenney’s Proposed Refugee Reforms

    March 30, 2010, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories – The refugee rights and migrant justice organization No One Is Illegal is outraged at [Citizenship and Immigration] Minister [Jason] Kenney’s proposed refugee reforms. These reforms create two streams of refugees, download financial and social support of 2,000 refugees to private organizations, and drastically limit avenues such as the Humanitarian and Compassionate Claim and Pre-Removal Risk Assessment available to refugee claimants.

    Harper and Kenney create a "refugee crisis" to "solve a refugee crisis"

    For Immediate Release
    31 March 2010

    Harper and Kenney create a "refugee crisis" to "solve a refugee crisis"

    TORONTO – Immigrant and refugee rights group No One Is Illegal-Toronto is outraged at Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s lies to justify a refugee bill that will dismantle the Immigration and Refugee board, deny the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment or the Humanitarian and Compassionate Application to many claimants and unfairly ban claimants on the basis of country of origin. Proposed changes also shift responsibility of refugee sponsorship to private families and organizations.

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