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

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 of the Government’s commitment to openness and transparency as well as to create a better,…

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

“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 last three decades there has been an assault on our universal right to the freedom…

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

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 United States. The first part described the case of Maribel Trujillo-Diaz. Maribel is a long-time…

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

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 a detention centre, and slated for deportation on 19 April. In Part II, I will…

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What You Plant Now, You Will Harvest Later, by Amal Othman

I came to Canada in June, 2011 with my family as a refugee. The government sponsored us under the Government Assessment Refugee (GAR) program. We came from Syria, but I am originally from Somalia. First, when I came to Canada I did not speak English very well, I was in level one English. My first year in Canada, I faced a lot of obstacles such as language barriers, lack of Canadian experience and the culture…

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Excluding Syrians, by Howard Adelman

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 coming to the United States from six other countries – Iraq, Iran,[2] Libya, Somalia, Sudan…

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Urban Refugees: The Hidden Crisis, by Kelly Yotebieng

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 of the refugee camp apparatus, Managing the Undesirables, he reminds us that camps can be…

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Endless Wars and the Ever Escalating ‘Global’ Refugee Crisis

When the UNHCR released its 2015 Global Trends Report: World at War, the then United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, stated, “We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.”[1] Worldwide displacement was the highest ever recorded at 59.5 million people.[2] Some 19.5 million were refugees, 38.2 million were…

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

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 a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of…

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