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Regularization: Status for All!

Regularization is an issue of self-determination and justice. Entire families live in a state of constant stress and fear. Workers are being exploited. Children of non-status immigrants, whether Canadian-born or not, are denied the right to education. Children and entire families lack adequate and affordable medical coverage.

Immigration Canada Caves in the Face of Organizing


After years of tireless organizing by Caregivers Action Centre, Migrante, and many other groups and allies across the country, Immigration Canada extended the number of years within which Live-In Caregivers can apply for permanent status. Minister Kenney also acceded to removing the second medical test required to gain permanent status. This is proof that grassroots organizing can win changes.

Migrants in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver program (LCP), largely women from Caribbean countries and the Phillipines, must currently complete 2 years of domestic work within 3 years in order to apply for permanent status. The changes announced today would extend the time period from 3 to 4 years, and allow caregivers to count the hours worked towards the 2 years, potentially reducing the amount of time to be able to apply for status. The requirement for a second medical test prior to applying for permanent residence has also been removed for caregivers.

Live-In Caregivers and their allies have won a significant victory in ensuring status for migrants. But these changes are not enough. The LCP still ties a person's immigration status to their employer, and continues to exploit women and put them in a vulnerable position based on their status.

Jason Kenney's Doublespeak Exposed: Tories Unleash Canada Border Services on Migrants

Jason Kenneyby S.K. Hussan and Mac Scott

It is hard to write an article about Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's attacks on Canadian racialized communities. As soon as one draft is complete, Kenney is at it again, spinning new lies and venting hateful rhetoric. In a federal cabinet chock-a-block with unsavory characters, Kenney stands first in line. Kenney has expanded his use of arbitrary power and has moved with stealth to significantly reduce the number of family-class immigrants applying from countries of the Global South. While on the one hand Kenney and the Conservatives portray themselves as the friend of immigrant communities, their administrative edicts to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and legislative changes have resulted in the door being shut on immigrants' hands.

Immigrants expose Minister Kenney’s sweeping lies, attacks

March 2009 - Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, says the overall immigration targets for 2009 have increased for permanent residents (CIC Press Release, 20 Feb 2009). But in Asian, African and Latin American countries people are seeing a different reality, especially in the family class and in overseas refugee cases.

“Our general experience is that visas are being denied at consulates located in South Asia and Latin American basically because many people there are poor and because of the regions they are from. I had a client who was sexually assaulted and needed her mother here to take care of her, but her visa was denied at the consulate in Guatemala City. I generally advise clients who are poor or working people that their chances are very very low and not to waste money hiring counsel” says Simone Stothers, a Certified Immigration Consultant.

Take Action Against Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism Jason Kenney

Action Alert1) MAKING PEOPLE ILLEGAL: In recent months, we've seen greater and greater targeting of immigrants without full documentation as Immigration Enforcement carries out raids, waits outside of shelters and impersonates lawyers. We know that live in caregivers are being exploited in bogus jobs and that the Economic Crisis is being used as an excuse to cut applicants from the family and refugee class.

Immigration Canada and Minister Kenney have stepped up both anti-immigrant policy decisions and rhetoric. The changes in immigration targets, the rising detention and deportation rates, the scapegoating of migrants based on language skills, and the threats to remove the pre-removal risk assessment process represent a real attack on migrants that must be spoken out against.

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