On February 15th 2006, after deputations, the Toronto Police Services Board passed a limited “Don’t Ask” policy which states that “victims and witnesses” of a crime shall not be asked their immigration status, unless there are bona fide reasons to do so.
However, the Board continued to drag their feet and refused to implement the policy. On March 22, 2007, after another year of community mobilization and pressure, the Toronto Police Services Board and Chief Bill Blair were forced to implement the policy and agreed to stop asking questions related to immigration status.
We continue to hear repeated notices of Toronto Police doing Immigration Enforcement's dirty work and are organizing to stop police brutality against undocumented communities. To join this work, or to report instances where Toronto Police have inquired about immigration status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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We have evidence that Toronto Police calls Canada Border Services Agency 100 times per week, that is more than police forces in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa combined.
Four out of the five times these calls are made for people without an immigration warrant!
That means that Toronto Police look at witnesses or victims of crime, or just every days residents that they stop and quiz for no reason, and based on the colour of their skin, and their accent, call Border Services to see if that person has immigration status or not.
This is racist policing at it's worst. And it must stop.
TODAY: New report confirms Toronto Police racially profile refugees and migrants
City funds used for federal immigration enforcement’s dirty work, violating municipal and provincial laws
Toronto – Government data revealed in a report released today “Often Asking, Always Telling: The Toronto Police Service and the Sanctuary City Policy” shows that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) has been reporting over a 100 Torontonians to federal immigration enforcement every week, contrary to its mandate, and in violation of the Toronto Sanctuary City policy. As a result, TPS is actively involved in indefinite detentions and deportations, putting many of the 200,000 undocumented Torontonians at grave risk.
A 16 year old woman is sexually assaulted. When she goes to the Toronto Police, they arrest her and schedule her deportation for the same day as she is to testify against her assailant. An 18 year old Mexican boy is walking down the street in Parkdale, the police card him, and call immigration enforcement because he has an accent. He is unaware that he’s lost his immigration status, so they arrest him and hand him over to be deported before he can get adequate legal defence. A mid-twenties Caribbean father sees a shooting in Jane Finch. He goes to make a statement with the Police, and they decide to just call immigration enforcement. When they find out he doesn’t have immigration status, they arrest him and he’s in jail for two and half months.
These are just three of our friends who have been racially profiled by the Toronto Police Service who choose to do federal immigration enforcement’s dirty work.
Right now, you have the power to stop that.
Sign this pledge and join the fight against Toronto Police collusion with Federal immigration enforcement.
Calls for police accountability and community control over policing, and connected demands to stop prison expansion and prison abolition often tie together municipal, provincial and federal security apparatuses, but one branch of federal policing often gets off scot-free: Immigration Enforcement.
Immigration Enforcement (officially known as the Canada Border Services Agency or CBSA) is a daily brutal reality for the 500,000 people living without status in Canada. Cruising through the streets in unmarked cars, or raiding entire apartment buildings at 5 a.m. on Saturday mornings, Immigration Enforcement is an armed policing unit that terrorizes people as they work, as they access healthcare, as they try to sleep. With the ability to issue warrants, enter places where people live or gather, and to carry out arrests, Immigration Enforcement is a police force that must be made accountable to communities.