immigrant rights

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Update posted 6 days 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 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:

CANZUK International
208,740 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Justin Trudeau

Please Keep My Husband Here In Canada: Don't Break Apart Our New Family!!

     On January 25, 2017, my husband, Emmanuel Jaikaran, and I sat down in a room at the International Centre in Missasauga to hear an officer tell us one of the worst news imaginable; that the final decision the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada had made was to issue the deportation of my husband(Trinidad); after already serving 10 months in jail back in 2015. I gave birth to our 24 weeks premature twin boys late November & after having 1 of the 2 pass away right after birth and still having our son fighting for his life currently in the hospitals NICU, my tears wouldn't stay in.     He is a landed immigrant and has had the status of a permanent resident for many years. He has lived in Canada since the age of 12 and considers this country to be his home. The crime he commited wasn't anything drastic such as commiting bodily harm, rape, or murder. He was charged with having weed and drugs. He has served jail time, has taken and completed programs related to his charges within and outside the facility. There are many people here in the city of Toronto itself, who have committed rapes and murders and have committed much worse crimes, who roam the streets of Toronto. I'm asking that The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen reconsiders this decision and to please give my husband another chance. He is not a threat to Canada and at this point in his life he soley wants to work, provide, and take care of his family.      My 12 year old stepson, who is currently in grade 7 is drastically affected by this news as well. Once he found out about the decision made, hes been having an extremely difficult time trying to cope. We need the support of him here in Canada: financially, physically(to help with the baby & my stepson teen years), and emotionally. Our baby needs both his parents love, care, and affection. If he were to get deported, it could be possibly another 10 years before he could be sponsored back & thats IF hes accepted. Our son wouldnt know who his father is.       Please show your support & sign this petition to get The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, Marta Morgan, and Justin Trudeau to change their mind, to reconsider the decision thats been made!  

Gabrielle A.
1,062 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Ahmed Hussen, Serge Cormier, Jenny Kwan, IRC MInister

Grant Syrian Refugee and Ottawa Resident Dima Siam Permanent Residency in Canada

Dima Siam (far right, in white hijab, holding her baby, Maria), is a Syrian refugee welcoming her brother-in-law and his family as sponsored refugees to Canada on April 12, 2017. Siam is fighting a deportation order that would send her to Syria, the result of a simple paperwork error. The Trudeau government has thusfar refused to end her nightmare of limbo and grant her permanent resident status. We are seeking the same status for Dima Siam as was granted to 35,000 other Syrian refugees welcomed to Canada: permanent residency. To: Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to Mr. Hussen; Jenny Kwan, NDP Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  We are asking you to grant immediate Permanent Resident status to Dima Siam, a stateless Syrian Palestinian who lives in Ottawa with her husband and four children, all of whom are Canadian citizens. Since January 29, 2015, Dima Siam, a teacher with university degrees in education and biology, has lived under the threat of deportation from Canada to Syria, the very war zone from which Canada has recently received 25,000 refugees. Amnesty International writes: “As a Syrian woman Dima Siam faces a wide range of serious human rights abuses in Syria,” adding, “anyone fleeing Syria should be considered in need of international protection.” You can provide Dima Siam with that protection by exercising your discretion under Section 25.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and granting her the same Permanent Resident status enjoyed by over 25,000 Syrians recently welcomed to Canada. You have shown compassion and common sense in resolving cases like Dima Siam’s that were left over from the previous government, and we trust you will do so once more upon considering the facts of this case. Needless to say, the threat of deportation to Syria, where Dima Siam would be at risk from all sides of the conflict, is psychological torture. It has resulted in depression, family stress – especially for the young children, who fear they too will be deported and who won’t stay in a room unless one of their parents is constantly with them – emergency room visits via ambulance, and a range of other afflictions due to a life of constant fear and uncertainty. While a letter outlining the chronology of this case has been sent to your office, we wish to point out to you that Dima Siam finds herself in limbo because of a simple paperwork error, an honest misinterpretation of one checkbox on her sponsorship form, which was filled out by her husband, Mohammad. When Dima and Mohammad were called in to see an Immigration officer more than 20 MONTHS after it was submitted, they were informed their application could only proceed if they repaid a modest amount of social assistance that the family had received when the application was submitted.  Despite meeting the Immigration Officer’s requirement of paying back the social assistance, on January 29, 2015, Dima Siam’s sponsorship application was rejected, and she then received a letter with this ominous demand: “You are currently in Canada without status and you must leave immediately.” Needless to say, they were devastated. How could Canada send anyone back to Syria based on a checkbox error? What’s worse, in February, 2015, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) called Dima Siam in to fill out a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA), which the family took great pains to produce and submit. After waiting almost an additional stressful year for a decision (one in which the stress resulted in emergency room hospital visits), they were told the CBSA would NOT review the PRRA application because it was issued to the family in error. When the government makes a mistake that results in an additional year of excruciating limbo and thousands in expenses, the only ones who pay the price are Dima Siam and her family. Canadian courts and tribunals have long recognized that there will be instances where the strict, inflexible application of the rules in an individual case would be unjust and harsh, and the case of Dima Siam is certainly one of them (see, for example, Hajariwala v M.E.I., [1988] F.C.J. No. 1021, where the Federal Court of Canada recognized “The purpose of the [immigration] statute is to permit immigration, not prevent it.” See also Baker v. MCI [1999] S.C.J. No. 39, at para. 53-74, where the Supreme Court of Canada declared: “immigration officers are expected to make the decision that a reasonable person would make, with special consideration of humanitarian values such as keeping connections between family members and avoiding hardship by sending people to places where they no longer have connections.”)             While we are pleased to welcome 35,000 Syrian refuges to this country, we believe that Canada must also immediately end the limbo faced by Dima Siam and hundreds of other Syrian refugees facing deportation FROM Canada back TO Syria. They should be granted permanent resident status leading to citizenship so they can properly access health care, educational opportunities, and employment.             A positive first step will be the immediate resolution of the Dima Siam case, allowing her and her family to lift the weight of fear and terror that hangs over their heads with Canada’s threat to deport her to Syria based on an honest paperwork error.             We look forward to reading you have granted Dima Siam permanent residency and that your government will consider a similar solution for hundreds of other Syrians facing similar challenges.

Matthew Behrens
22,635 supporters