The opposition to the reality TV show 'Border Security' continues to grow, in the wake of raids against construction sites in Vancouver earlier this year recorded by television crews. Migrant justice advocates like No One Is Illegal, and a wide range of allies including many cultural workers from film and television, continue to campaign for the program's cancellation.
The Solidarity City Network issued the following statement last night after an historic vote at Toronto City Hall.
Thursday, after a marathon debate, Toronto City Hall strengthened its promise to provide services to residents without full immigration status or all their immigration documents. Read the exact motion here.
You called, wrote, met, and pressured your Councillors and they were forced to listen. The first step is complete, and we have a new mission for you.
The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced on February 14, 2013 that the list of Designated Countries of Origin is being expanded to include an additional eight countries. The Designation came into force on February 15, 2013.
The Designated Country of Origin (DCO) is part of the new refugee system that came into effect in Canada on December 15, 2012. The Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act gives the authority for the Minister to designate countries of origin for fast tracking of refugee claims. The designation also restricts the rights refugees to obtain work permits who come from the DCO's that generally "offer state protection, have active human rights and civil society organizations, and do not normally produce refugees."