WHAT IS A SANCTUARY PROVINCE: We are calling on Ontario to make all Ontario services and protections fully accessible to Ontarians without full immigration status. This means, no requests for immigration identification for social entitlements and protections, and no sharing of immigration status information with federal authorities. Absolutely no coordination or resources sharing between any Ontario agency and Federal immigration authorities.
After much public outrage and mobilization against the mass raids of undocumented workers on August 14th in Toronto, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has asked officials in his ministry to review its collaboration with immigration enforcement. The Toronto Star reported that the investigations will involve the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) going above and beyond its jurisdiction and allocating provincial resources to do the work of federal ministries, including racial profiling and abuse of power.
This is a step in the right direction, but nothing short of a clear declaration of Ontario as a Sanctuary Province is enough. Join your voice with ours, and sign this petition: http://chn.ge/1lbFvON
Toronto -- Over 50 of us protested outside the Ontario Ministry of Corrections on Monday August 18th, against the early morning raids, racial profiling, and detention of undocumented workers that took place August 14th, 2014. Under the guise of a "vehicle safety stop," Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) supported by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ministry of Transportation officials racially profiled, forcefully ID checked, arrested and detained at least 21 migrants who were on their way to work, some arrested on foot, in the Jane and Finch and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Under the guise of a "routine traffic stop," Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ministry of Transportation officials racially profiled, forcefully IDd, arrested and detained at least 21 immigrants and handed them over to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) last week in the Jane and Finch and surrounding neighbourhoods. In detention, many were forced to sign documents waiving their rights that weren't adequately translated. Now our friends and family members face indefinite detention, deportation and separation from their families simply for trying to put food on the table.
Join us at 5:00 pm this Tuesday to find out how to defend yourself and know your rights in the face of racist police and immigration enforcement officers. Call for an end to detentions and deportations and demand that Kathleen Wynne stop doing Harper's dirty work. No racial profiling! No anti-immigrant raids! Members of our community should not live in fear! We welcome everyone in our community, with or without immigration papers!
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
Rally at 12pm. 25 Grosvenor Street. March to 77 Wellesley West.
Immigrant advocacy groups have launched a petition against racial profiling and Ontario-Federal immigration enforcement collusion as Jane and Finch neighbourhood reels from mass arrests and detentions. Petition: http://chn.ge/1lbFvON