Answers demanded on political meddling in immigration detention

June 12, 2014

Media Liaison: Syed Hussan, 416 453 3632,, No One Is Illegal – Toronto

Answers demanded on political meddling in immigration detention

Ottawa — Days after a report revealed political interference in federal immigration detention decision making, family members and supporters of immigration detainees are converging in Ottawa demanding answers from Prime Minister Harper and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. This protests are taking place as over a 100 immigrants jailed in three different maximum security prisons boycott their detention review hearings. Detainees have been protesting their endless jail terms since September 2013.

Rally and March to End Immigration Detention
1pm, June 15th, 2014
Rally at University of Ottawa, FSS building, 120 University ‎private drive.
March to Border Enforcement Headquarters


On Monday, June 9th 2014, a new report on immigration detention exposed signs of political interference in immigration detention review processes. Release rates in Ontario fell suspiciously from 21% in 2008 to 11.5% in 2012 and 9.3% in 2013. The report Indefinite, arbitrary and unfair: The truth about immigration detention in Canada showed that a migrants’ chances of release are determined by which board member hears their case, and where in the country they are jailed. Read the infographic based report at

Nearly 80,000 immigrants have been detained under the current federal government. Over a third of the immigrants detained at any time are held in one of 142 mostly maximum-security prisons across Canada. At least 203 children were jailed in 2013. Canada is one of the few countries in the “west” that does not have a limit on detentions pending deportation. These detentions are taking place in the context of increased temporary immigration status for workers, parents, grandparents and spouses, as well as declining refugee acceptance which is forcing many to choose to live undocumented in Canada.

Toronto Star editorial (June 10): Red flags over Canada’s approach to detaining migrants who pose a flight risk.
CBC Metro Morning (June 10): Immigration Detention


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