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Ontario Transportation Ministry breaks promise, racially profiles migrants and colludes with immigration enforcement.

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Toronto, September 30, 2014 -- Hours after Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced cutting ties with immigration enforcement on Thursday, September 25th, at least three other undocumented men were racially profiled, stopped by Transportation officials, and handed over to police and immigration enforcement, migrant justice organizers have learned. One of them has been deported while the other two are currently in detention. Outraged, community members are calling for their release, an expedited Ombudsman investigation, and a declaration of Ontario as a Sanctuary province.

Ontario urged to act quickly as complaint filed to Ombudsman

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Toronto -- Grassroots migrant justice organization, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, filing a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman this morning urging a public investigation of the racial profiling, and anti-migrant detentions that took place in the guise of vehicle safety stops on August 14th. The complaint also calls for an investigation of other Ontario agencies involvement in federal immigration enforcement. The Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Environment have all acknowledged their involvement in these raids which resulted in up to 21 men being racially profiled on their way to work, detained, separated from their families and in many cases deported without adequate access to legal supports. Over 800 people have signed a petition asking Premier Kathleen Wynne to declare Ontario a Sanctuary province (http://chn.ge/1lbFvON)

The complaint can be downloaded below.

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Ombudsman urged to investigate Ontario involvement in immigration raids, federal enforcement

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Toronto, September 22, 2014 – Grassroots migrant justice organization, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, is filing a complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman urging a public investigation of the racial profiling, and anti-migrant detentions that took place in the guise of a vehicle safety stop on August 14th. The Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Environment have all acknowledged their involvement in these raids which resulted in up to 21 men being racially profiled on their way to work, detained, separated from their families and in many cases deported without adequate access to legal supports. The complaint also calls for an investigation of other Ontario agencies involvement in federal immigration enforcement.

CBSA rushes deportation of men rounded up in racial profiling anti-immigrant raids

Toronto – At least 5 of the 21 men that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) racially profiled, force ID checked and detained with the help of Ontario Provincial Police and Ontario Ministry of Transportation are being deported this Tuesday, August 19th at 9:30am, No One Is Illegal – Toronto has learned. Immigration justice activists believe that these rushed removals are an attempt by CBSA to sweep under the rug the egregious racial profiling that took place in last week's anti-immigrant raids. Over 50 people protested outside the Ontario Ministry of Corrections and Ministry of Transportation near Queen’s Park Monday, with demonstrators demanding that Premier Kathleen Wynne curb the power of provincial authorities to collaborate with federal immigration enforcement and make Ontario a 'sanctuary' province.

Immigrant advocacy groups have also launched a petition against racial profiling and Ontario-Federal immigration enforcement collusion http://chn.ge/1lbFvON

Dawn raids tear immigrant workers from their families

Undocumented people and their allies are encouraged to learn their rights at: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/knowyourrights. If you know of someone who has been detained and requires legal assistance, or if you want to join us in responding to these raids, contact nooneisillegal@riseup.net.

UPDATE - August 16, 2014: CBSA has now confirmed that 21 people have been detained through "vehicle safety sweeps" supported by Ontario Provincial Police and Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Other sources continue to insist over 50 arrests. Irrespective of the number of detentions, we oppose immigration raids, detentions and deportations. We insist that Ontario should not do the federal government's dirty work.

UPDATE - August 18, 2014. Emergency Action: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/node/870

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No One Is Illegal - Toronto
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15 August, 2014

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