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immigrant rights

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Update posted 5 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 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
230,516 supporters
Update posted 5 days 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
14,978 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
1,080 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to The Honourable Ahmed Hussen

Ombudsman for Canadian Immigration DESPERATELY NEEDED

This is not about refugees. This is not about taking Canadian jobs. We paid $1,000.00 for the Labour Market Impact Assessment and advertised the job on Service Canada and other websites for 5 months. The best applicant interviewed didn't speak english well enough to be understood. Yes I have to keep each resume etc. as proof this is the truth. No cost to Canadians. Under the home care program we agreed to provide a room, food, pay medium wage and treat the home care worker with respect.  The problem is the Canadian Immigration system in Havana is so flawed it is pathetic. They use discrimination by gender for the job, (against the law in Canada) discrimination by profession of the employer, they base "opinions" on their own jaded view with no evidence, (not even Canadian values) and they dish out the worst emotional abuse to both Cubans and Canadians.  The Canadian Embassy in Havana did not and will not compare the Cuban's qualifications for a job with the approved Canadian Approved Market Impact Assessment job contract that they are applying for. They compared his qualifications against other Cubans? !! Any Canadian could have had the job if they had the qualifications and were suitable if they had the qualifications listed on the approved ad yet when a Cuban has more qualifications than the approved job ad it is not good enough.   The Temporary Foreign Worker had more qualifications and more experience caring for a senior with cerebral palsy  than the job ad and also experience supporting my mother on yearly vacations in Cuba. This year he was a rock to our family when my mother got pneumonia in Cuba supporting her and translating with his good english in the resort clinic, the ambulance, the hospital, getting her food etc. My mother said "we don't know what we would have done without him." Our family witnessed his excellent care and suitable personality to fit into our Canadian family critical care need. While my mother is recovering at home in Canada the Canadian government agency can send a home care worker for a couple of hours every 2 weeks that has no english, no grade 12  and no Red Cross training to do  the same housework. You would think all of this is a joke it is so crazy! To top it off the Labour Market Impact Assessment staff gave me the wrong rules to apply for the LMIA. I was told I could not apply for help at our house and my mother's 2 blocks away. After the rejection I found out the worker could have worked at both locations thus less stress on my husband, my mother and I could of had the quality time with my mother, the worker would have had thus no reason for the immigration to discriminate against the worker by gender, which is against the law in Canada! I am a Canadian citizen of 64 years and a Canadian business owner of 30 years, my mother was born in Canada 88 years ago I am the Main Care Giver for:-my 88 year old mother with disabilities, a brother with an acquired brain injury who has is going through cancer treatment who's 36 year old son passed away recently.-have always supported his 3 kids with foster parents, as their mum died. Run our entertainment company as my husband has hearing problems and memory problems . All our government says "we know you must be disappointed and  it's unfortunate.” The whole process has  been flawed with government errors costing us more money than necessary, more time, huge stress when as a care giver for the above, it is the last thing I need.   As a Canadian citizen I was shocked that” I was treated like a criminal at the Canadian Embassy in Havana” even although I was being polite and calm trying to get help as to why this insanity was happening.*those are exactly the same words "I was treated like a criminal" other Canadians have used as to how they were treated also when requesting help for a lost Canadian resident card so you can imagine how Cubans are treated ! There were rejection reasons based on the officer's "opinions based on her values- not even Canadian values! , with no information or documentation supporting them. I can supply documentation of truthful information witnessed by others that her "opinions" are wrong but of course you have to reapply again. The Canadian government recommended the best immigration lawyer in Toronto at $56,000 with no guarantee to get justice on the work permit. Funny the Canadian government recommending fighting themselves as they are so disgusted with the Canadian Immigration as what they have done absolutely boggles the mind. Our MP's office informed us:The Temporary Foreign Worker passed his interview and no further documents were required My 88 year old mother was so happy that finally she would get a good, suitable home care worker. I was over joyed that some of the burden of taking care of my mother would be taken off my hands, to have more time to take care of my brother who has an acquired brain injury and run our business as my husband has a hearing and memory problem. Two days later on a Sunday (no criminal record or changes) the rejection letter arrived, devastating the Cuban temporary foreign worker and my Canadian family, especially my mother. This emotional abuse should never have happened and there has been no explanation for it except perhaps "they used the wrong word." We will NEVER FORGET THE PAIN THIS CAUSED MY FAMILY, ESPECIALLY MY MOTHER. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE DEVASTATION THIS CAUSED THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER.  THIS WAS NO WAY TO TREAT THIS YOUNG MAN OR MY CANADIAN FAMILY. Because we work as children's entertainers running an entertainment agency the officer used discrimination by profession against us.-all our financial documents were not believed when OUR FINANCES WERE ALREADY INSPECTED AND APPROVED IN CANADA BY THE ESDC CANADIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT. The temporary foreign worker Braulio desperately needs to make money to repair the roof of his cement house so the rain does not come in, bars on the window for safety and a shower so his for his 71 year old uncle with cerebral palsy could sit to shower. The Temporary Foreign Work Program/Labour Market Impact Assessment process need to work with the Canadian Immigration. This way the officer at the Canadian Embassy would know what they are talking about when assessing a work permit instead of basing decisions on their "own opinions, own values and not even having the correct information to base their decisions on. This is insanity! It is crazy that they can form an "opinion" that is even against the law in Canada ! The officer told me to my face she had concerns about the home care worker working for a female senior in her residence. We had the superintendent of the senior's building send an e-mail stating it is against Canadian law to discriminate by gender and that several male home care workers supported females in the building. LMIA Ad is for a home care worker. We did not ask for nurse. -Letter from a pharmacist who lives next door to worker agreed to care for his uncle while he would be in Canada. the officer’s notes were shocking at how she twisted the information and omitted information that was not in her favour. She had a demeanour from hell towards me as a Canadian citizen. Over 49 categories were passed on the work permit Rejection of Work Permit Excuses on The Canadian Embassy's generic Form"never travelled outside the country before.” -most places a Cuban can go without a visa have a high crime rate, war, major health issues or are too expensive. This is discrimination. "Money" A home care worker comes to Canada will be paid a medium wage, thus no money issue.Home care program the Labour Market Impact Assessment rules require:-the Canadian employer provide free rent and free food-pay medium wages, not minimum -with no rent to pay, no food cost to pay, and making a medium wage it is ridiculous to say he can't support himselfThe Canadian government advertised on t.v. an African man on tv. saying how low the wages were in Africa and how much he likes living in Canada! "Purpose of Visit"Make money to -repair roof to stop rain coming in Uncle’s bedroom, other rooms on his cement house, put bars on windows for safety, put a shower in for 70 year old uncle with cerebral palsy to wash sitting on a chair "Economy in Cuba"This is discrimination.The money is desperately needed to have his cement house safe in Cuba for his 71 year old uncle with cerebral palsy and himself.Braulio owns most things young men at his age needs he simply needs a large sum of money for house repairs. “Family Ties”-After being left as an orphan at age 11, Braulio reconnected with his father at age 18.-Dad has 9 siblings thus a huge family connection which Braulio visits often for meals, family celebrations etc.-The Doctor's family that he lived with while getting his grade 12 have a strong connection with Braulio. -He feels obligated to care for his uncle as his Uncle supported him growing up. His uncle has threatened suicide at home if someone tries to put him in a senior's home. Braulio does not want this to happen thus wants to make his house safe and care for his uncle. -My brother, my nephew and ten of my friends vacationing in Cuba have witnessed Braulio's strong connection to his family and his excellent support to my mother. Officer’s Opinion-it is obvious that this officer has behaved in a unprofessional manner, with her demeanour from hell, discrimination by gender for the job, discrimination against us by profession as Canadian family entertainers, unnecessary and inappropriate questioning of the temporary foreign about me as a Canadian employer, on and on.The "opinions" of the officer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana have been and can be proved wrong on several points with our documents. Braulio loves his home, loves his climate, loves his culture, loves the cement house he owns with the same luxuries most people his age have here, (computer, phone, new fridge, etc..) loves his huge family he has connected with at age 18, and doesn’t want to lose more precious time away from his family but it is necessary for him to repair his house to make it safe. The LMIA was approved as URGENT July 2015 and rejected May 1/2016. That was the Canadian Embassy's standards of processing an URGENT application. I have been writing MP’s, the Minister of Immigration, up to Justin Trudeau’s office from Jan. 2016 to present and it appears Immigration is not accountable to anyone for their errors, wrong information, twisted opinions not even based on Canadian values !!, discrimination and emotional abuse to Cubans and even Canadians !! Change is needed so each work permit, visitor visa, student visa treated objectively and in a fair manner as the immigration claim they do. Canadian values and the ten commandments are indeed needed at the Canadian Embassy in Havana and an Ombudswoman/Ombudsman over the Canadian Embassy in Havana is DESPERATELY NEEDED as this is NO WAY TO TREAT ANY HUMAN BEING ! If rules are not working they need to be changed. Someone in Canadian government needs to be a REAL CANADIAN and act NOW and get an Ombudsman for Immigration at the Canadian Embassy in Havana.  The Canadian Embassy in Havana is known as "The House of Pain."  I was witness to that and so disgusted with the Canadian Embassy's unbelievable inhumane tactics. 

Bev Brown
634 supporters