Reforming Immigration Detention Now: Responding to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Calls for Public Consultations, by Petra Molnar and Stephanie J. Silverman

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August 22, 2017 The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is the immigration enforcement wing of the Government of Canada. As a result of ongoing efforts to reform Canadian immigration detention policies, in May 2017, CBSA released a call for public consultations. This call followed a series of stakeholder meetings in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Regina, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, “[a]s part […]

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Asserting Universal Human Rights to Decriminalize Migration, by James C. Simeon

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“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract or Principles of Political Law [Du contrat social ou Principes du droit politique] (1762)   The Assault on the Universal Right of the Freedom of Movement Over the […]

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The Illegalization of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz (2/2), by Stephanie J. Silverman

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In this second of a two-part contribution, I discuss how Maribel’s case reflects tensions and fissures in immigration and refugee politics and law in the United States. I outline the political and legal contexts for her case. I also argue that the fact of Maribel’s deportation speaks to the power of the criminalization and illegalization of migrants paradigm currently dominating the […]

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The Illegalization of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz (1/2), by Stephanie J. Silverman

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In this first of a two-part contribution, I describe the case of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz. Maribel is a long-time resident of Fairfield, Ohio, United States. She is a worker in a local candy factory, and the married mother of four dependent American citizens. After cooperating fully with a series of escalating immigration enforcement requirements, Maribel was arrested in February, incarcerated in […]

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Excluding Syrians, by Howard Adelman

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Refugees are doubly victimized, first by the warriors and ideologues that forced them to flee their homelands if they wanted to survive, and then, a second time, when persons in authority like the malignant narcissist and serial liar, Donald Trump, placed an indefinite ban[1] on Syrian refugees coming to the United States, and then a “temporary” 90-day ban on refugees […]

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Urban Refugees: The Hidden Crisis, by Kelly Yotebieng

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We’ve all seen the disturbing images of refugee camps from around the world.  Those refugees are deserving of attention.  But what the world has largely ignored are urban refugees, who often blend into the chaos of city life and aren’t so visible to the media.   Urban refugees have fallen even further below the radar. In anthropologist Michael Agier’s critique […]

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Research Findings from Immigration Detention: Arguments for Increasing Access to Justice

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by Petra Molnar and Stephanie J. Silverman.    Petra Molnar is a migration researcher and refugee advocate in Toronto. She is currently the Public Interest Articling Fellow at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, working in immigration and family law with women who have experienced domestic violence. Stephanie J. Silverman is the 2015 Bora Laskin Fellow in Human Rights Research and […]

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Welcome to CARFMS Blog!

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We would like to give CARFMS members an opportunity to have their say on those issues and concerns that are important to you and others. The CARFMS Blog provides you with the opportunity to reach the members of CARFMS, a highly knowledgeable and informed group of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, instructors and students on the issues and concerns in the field […]

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