3/15 Canada: Udpate on Immigration Raids and What you can do
- 3/15 Canada: Udpate on Immigration Raids and What you can do
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As many of you have probably already heard, Canadian Border Service Agency
officers conducted raids at number of construction work sites yesterday,
including one raid which was filmed for a border security reality TV show.
In a show of solidarity and rage, approximately 80 members of the
community, including families of those detained as well as activists and
community organizers, attended an emergency rally today.
An Indigenous woman, Diana Thompson, said of her husband, “He is a great
person and a great father and spouse and I’m here to help him any way I
can. I think that the immigration services needs to be more lenient on
families to keep them together, especially when they have small children.
I feel frustrated and sad and angry and hurt. Who is this government to
say who can stay?"
Other family members spoke about their loss, their fear and their anger
over this clear violation of privacy, safety and security of those
One of the men being detained said: "We are not illegals. We are just like
These workers have families, children and loved ones they are being torn
apart from. We know that many of these workers are fleeing structural
violence and poverty, only to be exploited for their labour and forced to
live a life in hiding and precarity here in Canada. The violence of
deportation and detention is quickly being masked under the rhetoric of
illegals and a profit-driven entertainment show. We stand with these
brothers who have been arrested and detained, as well as their family
members, to declare that No Worker and No Human Being Is Illegal.
LINKS TO SHARE:
Much of this news has spread through emails and social media and word of
mouth, please take a minute to share these links below which include
in-depth interviews with family members and community organizers:
* Watch and share CBC Video and story:
* Read Vancouver Sun article with several in-depth interviews:
* Ottawa Citizen: Families of migrant workers deplore raids:
THE REALITY SHOW:
“Border Security: Canada’s Front Line” is a collaboration between National
Geographic Channel, Vancouver-based Force Four Entertainment for Shaw
Media. The show is sensationalist, embedded reality TV with CBSA officers.
Force Four Entertainment released a pathetic statement this afternoon on
their Facebook account.
Check it out and please comment:
Or call or visit them:
56 East 2nd Avenue 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC
WHAT WE KNOW AND UPDATES:
We are trying to confirm the numbers of raids and people detained. This is
of course hard to confirm.
Our members received phone calls from three job sites which were raided
and men in detention are reporting that there are detainees from multiple
job sites. There appears to be at least 20 or so men detained between the
cells under the VPL and the cells at the Vancouver Airport.
Some of these men will have detention review hearings in the new few days,
but we do not know if they want large numbers of people to attend and we
want to respect their privacy (particular in this time of heightened
scrutiny) unless we are explicitly told otherwise.
We believe most of these men will be deported soon, likely within days.
Some maybe released but likely have to appear for their deportations.
We are supporting some family members right now, if you would like to
support individual family members (particularly financially or otherwise),
please be in touch with us.
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