Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons.
These detainees represent about 600 migrants detained on any given day, nearly 10,000 detained by immigration enforcement in a year. Unlike international legal norms Canada has no limit on immigration detention. As a result, at least 60 of them have been in detention for over a year, some for up to 10 years, separated from their families, jobs and communities. A number of these migrants are facing double punishment - that is they are facing deportation based on prior criminal convictions even though they have already served prison sentences.
Inspired by their actions, we have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. Find updates about the campaign, and join us in support at www.endimmigrationdetention.com