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Jason Kenney's Doublespeak Exposed: Tories Unleash Canada Border Services on Migrants

Jason Kenneyby S.K. Hussan and Mac Scott

It is hard to write an article about Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's attacks on Canadian racialized communities. As soon as one draft is complete, Kenney is at it again, spinning new lies and venting hateful rhetoric. In a federal cabinet chock-a-block with unsavory characters, Kenney stands first in line. Kenney has expanded his use of arbitrary power and has moved with stealth to significantly reduce the number of family-class immigrants applying from countries of the Global South. While on the one hand Kenney and the Conservatives portray themselves as the friend of immigrant communities, their administrative edicts to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and legislative changes have resulted in the door being shut on immigrants' hands.

Action Alert: Stop the Deportations of Arrested Workers

Action AlertACT! CALL! WRITE!

This Sunday, 41 workers will be handcuffed, dragged to an airport and placed on a plane to Thailand. Many of them will never have the chance to return to Canada. They were arrested with dozens of others on their way to work or while packing food at Cericola Farms, in southwestern Ontario last week. CBSA then lied to them and tricked them into waiving their legal rights. This is a targeted attack by the Tory government against migrants. Minister Van Loan can stop these deportations; Minister Kenney can grant them status.

YOU can insist that they do so.

1. Take public action against your MP, Immigration or Enforcement Office. (See list of cities below)

2009: MAY DAY OF ACTION (Callout)

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May/02/2009 - 1:00 pm

May 2 Poster 2No One Is Illegal!
May Day of Action
Rally and March | 2 May - 1pm
Meet: Sherbourne and Carlton

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On April 2nd and 3rd, over 100 temporary and undocumented workers were attacked by armed border guards, dragged in to detention and are now being forcibly deported. On 2 May, thousands of us will say Enough!

Migrants, poor and working people; undocumented people and people of colour live in constant crisis in Canada, attacked daily. A crisis has always existed in Teesdale, in Regent Park, in farm fields, on factory floors and in hotel service areas.

Corporate and political elites are using the current 'Economic Crisis' as an excuse to attack poor, working-class and racialized communities by increasing immigration enforcement; stealing public funds; wrecking social services; taking away people's jobs rather than cutting profits and targeting those they perceive as the weakest - indigenous people; the homeless; refugee claimants; women in shelters; queer and trans migrants, caregivers; factory workers and temporary workers.

the City is a Sweatshop 2009

A giant report card was slammed on Mayor Miller's desk on Wednesday (Feb 18) after a successful press conference where migrants and allies exposed and denounced Toronto for forcing its residents in to brutal living conditions.

Failing to provide social housing, viable healthcare, safe learning environments, full shelter and protective work environments, Toronto is a Sweatshop.

A sweatshop we refuse to suffer silently in.

Low-income, poor, indigenous, people of color and queer communities have announced their determination to act against forced dislocation, displacement and abuse under discriminatory federal and municipal policies.

Nearly a thousand of us gathered across Toronto last week to begin to dismantle the city that is a sweatshop.

the City is a Sweatshop 2009

Feb/19/2009 - 11:00 am
Feb/22/2009 - 5:00 pm

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Co-Sponsored by CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy
Supported by Migrante Ontario and Justicia for Migrant Workers

Featuring:
Leila Shah, Audre Lorde Project-New York;
Beatriz Hererra, People Organized to Win Employment Rights-San Francisco;
Doreen Silversmith-Six Nations;
Harsha Walia- Vancouver based organizer and writer;
Erline Brown,Domestic Workers United-New York;
Shyam Selvadurai, Author of Funny Boy;
Dan Doreen, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory;
Alaina Tom, Native Youth Movement-St'at'imc Nation

... and many more. Check back regularly for updates.

Millions of people are forced off their lands and out of their homes because of wars for land and profit. Canadian mining companies, trade agreements such as NAFTA and SPP and the military occupation of Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq have taken away our livelihoods. We are forced into cities that are the pulsing heart of exploitation and domination fuelling an oppressive economic machine. Cities like Toronto.

Bangladeshi Man Fighting Deportation to the United States and Bangladesh

Write to Jason Kenney and Peter Van Loan!

Iftekar Rana has been a Canadian resident for five years, he has been an excellent student and presently works full time as a restaurant manager.

He faces severe risk of physical harm if he is deported to the United States, where he would face prolonged detention and then removal to Bangladesh. As a political organizer in Bangladesh, Mr Rana fled the country in 2005 coming to Canada via the United States. His family members have faced financial extortion in the recent past.

Iftekar Rana's refugee claim and claims that his life would be in danger in Bangladesh have been denied by Immigration authorities. The stay motion is this Monday – December 8, 2008. If stayed, the review is on December 18, 2008.

Please read the attached letter and email minister@cic.gc.ca and vanloan.p@parl.gc.ca.
Please Cc nooneisillegal@riseup.net.

All power to the people! Status for All!
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