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No One Is Illegal - Toronto has been organizing for immigrant and refugee justice since 2002. Our members regularly comment on changes to immigration policies, impacts of detentions and deportations, and the need for accessible services for undocumented residents. Our members include individuals directly impacted by immigration policies, immigration experts and legal professionals.

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New report confirms Toronto Police racially profile refugees and migrants

No One Is Illegal-Toronto

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 

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.

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

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