Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney have proposed a new Immigration Act, Bill C-49. It would allow the Minister of Public Safety to declare any group of migrants coming in to Canada, a ‘smuggling incident’. There is no definition of a ‘smuggler’ in this Act.
For the asylum seekers who are declared part of an incident (which could be anyone making a refugee claim in a groups of 2 or more), the Conservative government wants to:
- Jail them for a minimum of one year
- Deny access to health services
- Deny monthly detention reviews, allowing migrants in jail a chance to gain freedom only once every 6 months
- Be able to revoke people’s refugee status after it has been granted by the refugee determination process
- Ban applications for permanent residence for five years after gaining refugee status
- Bar people from reuniting with their families for five years after gaining refugee status
- Stop people from leaving Canada for five years after gaining refugee status
- Deny the right of appeal to a rejected refugee claim
- Put in an ex-CSIS director and the man responsible for police brutality during the G20 as a special advisor on human migration
This is an absolute outrage. This Act is now at second reading in Parliament and must be stopped.
It is imperative that people across Canada are aware of this bill and its implications. Please call, fax and email your Member of Parliament (details follow) and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.
- Jailing refugee claimants is ruthless, punitive and absolutely unjust
- We want refugee claimants, asylum seekers and migrants to come to Canada
- Canceling a refugee claim after it has been granted is absurd and illegal
- Ministers having absolute power to call anyone a criminal will give rise to absolute corruption
- This Act contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and breaks the objectives of family reunification within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
This Act is also in violation of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, all international treaties Canada is a signatory to.
(Get more ideas from the mainstream articles and other statements linked below)
(2) Have your organization, traditional council, union, community group, or artist collective write a short public statement/press release of support of migrants and against Bill C-49. Citizenship and Immigration Canada engineered dozens of press releases the day after Bill C-49 was proposed from ‘community groups’. It is imperative that we counter this propaganda. Please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Articles & Statements Condemning Bill C-49
- Amnesty Int’l trashes human-smuggling bill (Canadian Press): http://yhoo.it/bYCjIe
- Public Safety minister’s refugee parents came to Canada just before doors shut (Canadian Press): http://bit.ly/bmjmzA
- Human smuggling bill draws criticism (CBC): http://bit.ly/ay7iF4
- Stopping human smuggling risks penalizing legitimate refugees, experts say (Globe and Mail): http://bit.ly/aI0hK3
- Tory refugee bill would have rejected Einstein (The Province): http://bit.ly/bOifkf
- Would anti-smuggling law target humanitarians? (CTV): http://bit.ly/bgOoX4
- The peril of refugees, It’s wrong to create a new class of refugees (Ottawa Citizen): http://bit.ly/bbKSdB
- Federal bill will hurt refugees, experts say (Winnipeg Free Press): http://bit.ly/at93QU
- Opposition MPs rip into proposed human-smuggling law (Vancouver Sun): http://bit.ly/bol5v8
- Canadian Council of Refugees Resources on Bill C-49: http://ccrweb.ca/en/c49
- Myths and Realities about the Tami Refugee Abroad MV Sun Sea: http://noii-van.resist.ca/?p=2167
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