Topic

immigrant rights

47 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Parliaments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Advocate and introduce legislation promoting the free movement of citizens between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand

We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties. Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand. We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls. Through mutual travel agreements and mobility schemes, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander and British governments can offer valuable economic connections, strengthen political relationships and benefit from cultural and historical traditions, while strengthening trade, investment, military and diplomatic relationships for the future. Freedom of movement is already a growing global ideology (as seen with the T.T.T.A and the European Union). Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share the same head of state, the same common-law legal system, the same western culture, the same respect for democracy and even the same language...it is therefore unreasonable for each to not share the same economic, political and cultural benefits that a free movement policy would bring . We hereby propose this petition to all members of the Canadian, Australian, New Zealander and British parliaments, and urge them to advocate such freedom of movement principles within their respective governments.  CANZUK InternationalWebsite:   www.CANZUKinternational.comFacebook:   www.facebook.com/canzukinternationalTwitter:   www.twitter.com/CANZUKint

CANZUK International
236,525 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister Ralph Goodale

Canada must stop the deportation of community organizer and single mother Lucy Granados!

Lucy was deported. We fought hard. We love you all and are sending our love to Lucy. For more information as to what you can do now: Click Here #BringLucyBack Lucy a été déportée. Nous avons lutté avec détermination. Amour à toutes et tous et amor para Lucy. Pour savoir ce que vous pouvez maintenant faire: Cliquez ici #RamenonsLucy   [La version française suit] #LetLucyStay #LucyDoitRester Lucy Francineth Granados is a single mother, the sole supporter of her three children, and is known in her community as an advocate for the rights of women, undocumented migrants and temporary workers. She has made Montreal her home for the last nine years and is dear to so many of us. Since four Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents violently arrested her on Tuesday March 20th, leaving her with a badly injured arm, Lucy has been treated with violence and total inhumanity by the CBSA. Lack of sleep, fear, confusion and the appalling conditions of her detention following her arrest led to two emergency hospitalizations, on the 26th and on the 29th. We are outraged by this inhumane treatment of our loved community member and are worried that this treatment will have lasting consequences on her already fragile health condition. Lucy originally left Guatemala after being threatened by maras (criminal gangs which spread to Central American countries from the United States). She traveled alone through Mexico on the infamous La Bestia train to the US and later to Canada, her husband having died. If Lucy were deported, her children would immediately lose their sole source of financial support. Last year she filed a humanitarian application for permanent residence in an attempt to regularize her status. This is when she came to the attention of the CBSA who then sought to arrest her before her file could even be studied by Immigration Canada. Lucy's attempt to regularize her status made her a target for the CBSA. As her friends, neighbours, and supporters, we call on the Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to stop Lucy Francineth Granados’ deportation to Guatemala on April 13th. Ministers Ahmed Hussen and Ralph Goodale have the power to stop her deportation and grant permanent residency to Lucy. They have the legal obligation to study and decide her application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds, which she submitted last September. WE ASK THE MINISTERS: To end Lucy’s detention now as it is affecting her health and to grant her the appropriate medical care. To stay Lucy's deportation and to accept her application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds. To investigate the actions of the CBSA officer who demanded that Lucy present herself for arrest as a pre-condition to processing her file. This is not only cruel, but also illegal, under IRPA 127 (a) and/or 129 (1) (a). To launch an independent inquiry into the excessive force used by the 4 CBSA agents who arrested Lucy, injuring her arm. In February of 2017, Montreal was declared a Sanctuary City, and as Justin Trudeau once stated, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you …. Diversity is our strength.” We ask Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to honour their words and #LetLucyStay. #LetLucyStay #LucyDoitRester Links Background: https://bit.ly/2GrwsZk Updates and calls to action: https://www.facebook.com/CiteSansFrontieres News: https://bit.ly/2pMBjef ____________________________________________________________________ [Français] Lucy Francineth Granados est une mère monoparentale, le seul soutien financier pour ses trois enfants et est connue dans sa communauté en tant qu’organisatrice pour les droits des femmes, les personnes sans papiers et les travailleurs et travailleuses temporaires. Elle a fait de Montréal sa maison depuis les neufs dernières années et elle est précieuse à beaucoup d’entre nous.Depuis que 4 agents de l’Agence des Services Frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) l’ont violemment arrêtée mardi le 20 mars dernier, la laissant avec un bras blessé, Lucy a été traitée avec violence et inhumanité totale par l’ASFC. Le manque de sommeil, la peur, la confusion et les conditions épouvantables de sa détention l’ont poussée à être hospitalisée d’urgence à deux reprises, les 26 et 29 mars.Nous sommes indignés-e-s par ce traitement inhumain de notre adorée membre de la communauté et nous sommes inquiet-e-s que ce traitement aura des conséquences durables sur son état de santé déjà fragile.Lucy a originellement quitté le Guatemala après avoir été menacée par les Maras (gangs criminels qui se sont propagés aux pays d'Amérique centrale depuis les États-Unis). Lucy a traversé le Mexique seule par le tristement fameux train La Bestia jusqu’aux États-Unis, puis jusqu’au Canada, son mari étant mort. Si Lucy était expulsée, ses enfants perdraient immédiatement leur seule ressource financière de subsistance.L’année dernier Lucy a déposé une demande de résidence permanente pour motifs humanitaires dans le but de régulariser son statut. C’est à ce moment qu’elle est venue à l’attention de l’ASFC qui ont ensuite cherché à l’arrêter avant même que son dossier a pu être étudié par Immigration Canada. Sa tentative de régulariser son statut ont fait d’elle une cible pour l’ASFC.En tant qu’ami-e-s, voisin-e-s, et partisan-e-s de Lucy, nous demandons au ministre fédéral de l’Immigration Ahmed Hussen et au ministre de la Sécurité publique Ralph Goodale d’arrêter l’expulsion de Lucy Francineth Granados au Guatemala le 13 avril.Les ministres Ahmed Hussen et Ralph Goodale ont le pouvoir de mettre fin à son expulsion et de s'assurer qu'elle obtienne la résidence permanente au Canada. NOUS DEMANDONS AUX MINISTRES: De mettre fin à la détention de Lucy immédiatement et de lui fournir l’aide médicale nécessaire. De mettre fin à l’expulsion de Lucy et d’accepter sa demande de résidence permanente pour raisons humanitaires. De faire une enquête sur l'agent de l'ASFC qui a fait du chantage à Lucy et de porter des accusations contre cette personne en vertu de IRPA 127 (a) et/ou 129 (1) (a), le cas échéant. De faire une enquête indépendante sur la force excessive utilisée par les 4 agents de l’AFSC qui, le 20 mars, arrêtaient Lucy chez elle et la blessaient au bras. Montréal a été déclarée Ville Sanctuaire et comme Justin Trudeau a déjà annoncé: “À ceux qui fuient la persécution, la terreur et la guerre, sachez que le Canada vous accueillera… La diversité fait notre force.” Nous demandons à la mairesse Valérie Plante et au premier ministre Justin Trudeau d’honorer leurs paroles #LucyDoitRester. Liens:Plus d’informations:  https://bit.ly/2IR5OYtMises à jour et autres actions pour la soutenir: https://www.facebook.com/CiteSansFrontieresCouverture médiatique: https://bit.ly/2Gn6VBm    

Solidarity Across Borders / Solidarité Sans Frontières
15,141 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Ahmed Hussen, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

A Balanced & Fair Immigration - Giving Canadians a fair chance at family reunification

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Government of Canada Re: Taking down the unnecessary barriers that prevent Canadian citizens to be reunited with their loved ones i.e. their parents (immediate family members) Bringing the families of Canadian citizens together should not be determined by a lottery system, but in fact, it is something that should be encouraged and supported with the same degree of compassion as any other humanitarian program. A letter addressed to all Canadians: When a mother sends her only child to a land far away so he could have a better future and hopes that someday she could be reunited with him in his adopted country, only to later learn that it may never happen as a result of the cruel policies which the Government implemented: it sounds a lot more like a broken promise, seems a lot more like a nightmare that got you up in the middle of the night-Doesn't it?. An immigration policy in Canada directed at reuniting the families of young Canadian citizens does exactly that: it tears families apart, and often times for an indefinite period of time. Last year, Canadians took pride in accepting 36,000 refugees from war torn nations such as Syria and Iraq and displayed their compassion on a world stage, and yet the very same country has the policy that enjoys tearing families apart of its own citizens. I have raised my voice today, because I do not think Canadians should be put in a position where they are forced to perceive that spending time with their loved ones is a matter of luxury not a basic right that they should have an access to. Now, let's talk about our family reunification policy, and later on, I will also compare it with the family reunification policies administered by the United States. Canadian Family Reunification Category (FC 4) Parents of Canadian citizens and legal residents A lottery system: The Government will randomly select a total of 10,000 principal applicants out of a pool of an undefined number of candidates.  A Government that says "Diversity is our strength" and "we will support any one who is need of protection" is sure taking a hard line approach on an issue that is directly related to bringing the families of Canadian citizens together. Charity begins at home, and by preventing Canadians to be reunited with their loved ones creates a society that is unhappy, not engaged and the one that re-thinks their move to Canada in the first place. Canadians: If you can show an incredible amount of compassion towards people who are fleeing war and prosecution, then I have faith in you - please do not let your fellow Canadians believe in the notion that they would need to win a lottery if they want to be united with their loved ones. I went to a Canadian college and a university and I am playing my role in being a contributing member to our society; there are a lot of people like myself, who are Canadian citizens and right now, they are second guessing their move to Canada.  Much like the United States, Canadian citizens should be given the permission to bring their mother and father over on a priority basis. On a personal note, I moved to Canada when I was 17 years of age and I will be turning 26 next month. All these years, I just wanted one thing and it is something I would do anything for: I just wanted to be with my mom and dad. I just wanted to have a family like most of my friends in college and university have. I have given this country almost 9 years of my life, and Canada has done a lot for me as well - in fact, it is the country that provided me with a college and university level education and made me the person I am today, for that I thank Canada from the bottom of my heart. But I have lost a lot in the process as well. Dear Canadians, if as a nation, you can accept 36,000 and growing individuals, then why can't this country accept parents of people like myself?  Why do they have to go through a lottery system in which the odds of winning are only 20 percent? It sounds  a lot like a double standard- Doesn't it? I would encourage to Government to take another look at a family reunification program so Canadians can be reunited with the ones they love...it is not a matter of luxury, it is a matter of basic human right. The Government can implement the following policies to streamline its PGP application intake: 1. Balance of Family Test  In simple terms, Parents living overseas seeking immigration benefits can only be accepted, if the following conditions have been met: 1 Child = Canadian citizen = Yes 2 Children = 1 Canadian citizen, 1 Foreign national = Yes 3 Children = 1 Canadian citizen, 2 Foreign nationals = No 4 Children = 3 Canadian citizen, 1 Foreign national = Yes & so on... Australia has a similar system in place for family reunification petitions. 2. Concerns of Canadian citizens about the health care issues linked with Immigration intake for Parents: Canadians: No one sets foot out of jet liner thinking they are going to become a burden on the Canadian health care system, therefore, please do not think that immigrants arrive in this country to access our health care system. But I wanted to address this issue anyways: The Government can implement a new regulation in which admissions under FC4 are only entitled to a publicly funded health care system once they worked in the country for a period of 5 years. That condition can be removed when the very same immigrant applies to renew his or her PR Card after 5 years as part of the current renewal process. They will have to submit their notice of assessments for the past 5 years(NOA) from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) proving that they in fact were engaged in an employment opportunity. Inability to prove this will not result in the removal of a condition that bars them from accessing the health care benefits. Having this in place will give the young Canadians like myself, and I am an only child, that their parents can actually live with them indefinitely, which is the only thing most of us really care about.  3. Abolish the lottery system It is an unfair system that allows people who do not appear to meet the requirements for the program to submit their expression of interest taking spots away from other candidates. 4. Scale back the Income requirement time-frame from 3 years to 1 year  This requirement does nothing but delays the overall reunification process. People like myself spent almost 7 years in a post secondary institution and have good paying jobs. It does nothing but penalizes those who chose to put themselves through school to obtain a degree or other form of higher level education. Australia has a requirement similar to this, but the Government of Australia only requires that their citizens are well settled before they make a sponsorship application. Their is no mention of income requirements or the time frame in which they have to meet those requirements within their immigration regulations. 5. Parents of Canadian citizens with no other child should be given a priority as part of our family reunification agenda. 6. Retain the medical, criminal, and other admissibility requirements as it is important to our overall nation building agenda. 7. Remove the limit of permanent resident (PR) visas issued to the parents of Canadian citizens, similar to the practices followed in the United States. 8. Adjudicate petitions for sponsorship from Canadian citizens in under 12 months.  9. Retain the requirement that the sponsored parents of Canadian citizens can not go on welfare and become a burden on the system. The things I just talked about would ensure that the program facilitates the entry of parents of Canadian citizens while keeping the national interest intact. Having these requirements in place would not only ensure that young Canadians like myself live their lives happily and in peace but also create a stronger Canada.   I am doing this because I want to keep my mom and dad in my life, and while our compassion goes to others who need our help, I hope that you [the citizens of Canada] can extend just a little bit of compassion towards me as well because I need it too. Thank you so much for reading this article. Yours truly, Parminder Kooner  

Parminder Kooner
1,122 supporters