Immigrant workers rounded up

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Immigrant workers rounded up

From: [email protected]
> Date: April 3, 2009 3:49:09 PM GMT-04:00
> To: [email protected]
> Reply-To: [email protected]
> 3:00pm, 3 April 2009
> (Know your rights during workplace raids attached)
> 11am, Sunday, 5 April
> 385 Rexdale Boulevard
> Buses leave 9:30 am (St. George and Bloor)
> Actions are urged in other cities!
> Yesterday and today, Immigration enforcement raided a number of
> workplaces
> in Southern Ontario, arresting and detaining workers with precarious
> immigration status on their way to and from work.
> Hundreds of workers are now languishing in detention centres.
> Hundreds of families and friends are wondering why their loved ones
> did
> not return from work. The hundreds of thousands of non-status people
> across Canada have woken up to a horrible day in Stephen Harper's
> Canada.
> Mass arrests do nothing but create fear, harassment and
> intimidation, and
> force all people with precarious status further in to the grey and
> black
> market - unable to work good jobs.
> In these times of economic crisis when a regularization program would
> ensure much needed cash inflow in to the EI program, the Tory
> government
> would rather spend money and energy on arresting people, piling them
> in to
> centers and buying their plane tickets.
> Instead of regularizing the millions of dollars of contributions to
> Canada's economy by non-status people, the Tory government would
> rather
> use the Bush doctrine of fear, intimidation and racism against the
> migrant
> poor.
> Following from the large workplace raids in June 2008, these
> coordinated
> attacks and arrests show Harper and Kenney's intention to terrorize
> those
> they consider the weakest - Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai,
> Phillipino and Chinese workers trying to work and earn money.
> Detention Reviews are taking place in Toronto at various locations
> including the Heritage Detention Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
> Hundreds
> of us will be outside the Heritage Inn on Sunday at 11am to show our
> disgust and anger - we are not disposable cloths to be used and tossed
> away at Harper's whims. We refuse to be brutalized and silenced!
> Condemn
> Harper and CBSA that migrant communities will not tolerate these
> attacks!
> Buses depart at 9:30 am from Bloor and St. George Street.
> Allies across GTA are urged to get on cars, buses and trains and
> meet us
> at the Heritage Inn (385 Rexdale Boulevard)
> Further details will be released as we learn more. These raids are
> continuing right now.
> Also, please note: If you have any information about any immigration
> raid
> across 'Canada', please email [email protected] so that we are
> able to get a sense of what we think is a national attack. Please find
> attached a Know Your Rights document.
> No One Is Illegal-Toronto
> Migrante ON
> Justicia for Migrant Workers
> PCLS Workers Rights Division


Very quick search through mainstream media ... nothing.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Lets bump this.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

CFRB was all over it a couple of hours ago.  Can't find any links easily either.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Nooneisillegal has a bit more at their site.



Yesterday, in Leamington-Ontario. "Migrants were traveling to the farm where they work with a contractor, when they were pulled over and arrested", says Chris Ramsaroop of Justicia for Migrant Workers.

"The purpose of these raids is to heighten a climate of fear and insecurity in immigrant communities. These raids are part of Canada's revolving door immigration policy where workers are used and disposed of with little or no rights", says Mac Scott of the Law Union of Ontario.


"CBSA's is trying to change the facts by calling these workers victims of human trafficking. Workers on the inside, largely Chinese and Thai, are saying that this is not true", Scott adds.

Hundreds of immigrants will be at the Heritage Inn Detention Centre to show we will not be intimidated and silenced.

For further information and breaking news, please contact
Mac Scott - Law Union of Ontario (416.999.6885)
Chris Ramsaroop - Justicia for Migrant Workers (647.834.4932)
Marco Luciano - Migrante Ontario (647.205.5908)


I just heard about this a couple of hours ago by e-mail as well (and so did rabble), but I didn't have a chance to post it on babble.  Thanks for the heads up!

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There was just a news break clip from AB TV, and it seems something went on, or is going on there about this too.


outrageous catchments elsewhere reminded me of this thread, and going to NOII, an upcoming action in May: