Canada is shutting out Refugees and Families! On May Day 2012 march for Status for All!
For the last six years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has coordinated a May Day of Action to celebrate and invigorate migrant justice struggles. This year dozens of groups across the City are collaborating in a show of solidarity and strength to mark the May Day of Action. On May 1st, 2012 No One Is Illegal - Toronto will take the streets to push back against the refugee exclusion act (Bill C-31), ensure family reunification in the face of cuts to permanent immigration for parents and grandparents, and support decolonization struggles on Turtle Island. JOIN US!
An open letter to Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Canadians are proud of their country's tradition of providing protection for those in need. Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act, however, contradicts this tradition.
The Bill protects no one and threatens many. It treats asylum seekers as criminals rather than people who need our protection. It is discriminatory, conflicts with Canadians' sense of fairness, and violates the fundamental rights guaranteed to all people by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney has released a document to Canada's ethnic communities entitled Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act (C-31): Myth vs Reality.
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) has corrected the misinformation contained in the Minister's document, using a precise reading of Bill C-31, the Minister's own bill.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently offered to the press an uncharacteristic opinion about Canada's temporary foreign worker program. He commented that he would like to give temporary foreign workers "a more realistic choice of staying here as permanent residents."
As a group of lawyers, legal workers and law students, this caught us off guard. After all, the Conservative government has actively increased the temporary foreign worker program since it took power, and, along with it, the potential for exploitative and dangerous working conditions. The vast majority of these migrant labourers, hailing from such places as Latin America and the Caribbean, are denied access to permanent residency altogether.
On February 16, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney introduced legislation "to protect the integrity of Canada's immigration system." The Harper government minister proposed measures to" include further reforms to the asylum system to make it faster and fairer, measures to address human smuggling, and the authority to make it mandatory to provide biometric data with a temporary resident visa application."
Minister Kenney said in the prepared press release that "Canadians take great pride in the generosity and compassion of our immigration and refugee programs. But they have no tolerance for those who abuse our generosity and seek to take unfair advantage of our country."
WELCOME TO CANADA? A Lunch and Learn on the latest Immigration and Refugee Bill C-31Moderator: Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Myer Siematycki, Professor Ryerson Centre for immigration and Settlement Studies.
Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
*Lunch will be provided*
CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Ryerson Students Union