Nadie es Ilegal

(Traduccion en Español al final de cada seccion)

SURLA is part of the No One is Illegal network in London, Ontario.

 

NO ONE IS ILLEGAL (London, Ontario) is a group of immigrants, refugees, newcomers and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. No One Is Illegal acts to expose and educate against injustice from an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-patriarchal, anti-ableist, anti-classist, anti-authoritarian and a queer positive perspective, while asserting a vision for open borders and social and economic justice. We work to combat racial profiling, detentions, deportations, police and state brutality, wage slavery and all forms of indignity. We respect a diversity of mutually reinforcing tactics, including popular education and direct action.

 

ABOLISH BILL C-31

Since the re-election, Jason and the Conservative government have ramped up their attacks against marginalized communities, immigrants and refugees. Each year, Canada continues to bring in more and more people on temporary work permits while the number of people obtaining permanent residency especially as refugees and sponsored family members continues to drop. This ensures that businesses have a larger poor of cheap labour who can be paid less than minimum wage, have no labour protections, and are under constant thread of deportation.

  • In November 2011, Ottawa completely stopped accepting applications or immigration sponsorship for parents and grandparents until 2014
  • In April 2012, the Tories pushed through a policy letting employers pay temporary foreign workers up to 15% less than the prevailing local
  • Last week, the Conservatives passed Bill C31 through the House of Commons. This Refugee Exclusion Act will result in the arbitrary detention, intimidation, failure to protect, and ultimately re-victimization of highly vulnerable people who seek asylum in Canada including women and children. The bill creates a discriminatory two-tier asylum system based on nationality and mandatory incarceration for many refugees.
  • Cuts made to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) will deny access to essential medicines for all refugees, and almost no basic or emergency healthcare for many others. This means that diabetics will no longer receive insulin, while others will go without blood pressure medications. Those deemed to be from “safe countries” will be denied care even in life-threatening situations such as a heart attack or suicide attempts.

 

SHAME ON YOU JASON KENNEY, SHAME ON YOU STEPHEN HARPER, SHAME ON ALL CONSERVATIVES IN PARLIAMENT!!!!!!!

 

ENTIENDA LA LEY C 31:

Desde la reelección de Jason Kenney y el gobierno Conservador de Stephen Harper, se han intensificado sus ataques contra las comunidades marginadas, inmigrantes y de refugiados. Cada año, Canadá sigue a trayendo más y más gente con permisos de trabajo temporales, mientras que el número de personas que obtienen la residencia permanente, especialmente en calidad de refugiados y los miembros patrocinados por familiares sigue bajando. Esto garantiza que las empresas tengan un “pool” más grande de mano de obra barata a los cuales se puede pagar menos del salario mínimo, no tienen protecciones laborales, y están bajo constante amenaza de deportación.

• En noviembre de 2011, Ottawa, detuvo por completo las solicitudes de inmigración o de patrocinio para padres y abuelos hasta el año 2014

• En abril de 2012, los Conservadores empujado a una ley que permite que los empleadores paguen a los trabajadores extranjeros temporales hasta 15% menos que a los trabajadores locales

• La semana pasada, los conservadores promulgaron la Ley C-31. Esta Ley de Exclusión de los Refugiados tendrá como resultado la detención arbitraria, la intimidación, la falta de protección, y en última instancia, la re-victimización de las personas altamente vulnerables que buscan asilo en Canadá, incluyendo mujeres y niños. El proyecto de ley crea una discriminación de dos niveles del sistema de asilo basada en la nacionalidad y el encarcelamiento obligatorio para muchos refugiados.

• Los cortes realizados en el Programa de Salud Provisional Federal (IFHP por sus siglas en ingles) denegará el acceso a los medicamentos esenciales para todos los refugiados, y la atención médica básica o de emergencia para muchos otros. Esto significa que los diabéticos ya no recibirá la insulina, mientras que otros se quedarán sin medicamentos para la hipertensión. Los que se consideran de “países seguros” se les niega la atención, incluso en situaciones potencialmente mortales, tales como un ataque al corazón o intentos de suicidio.

• Esta ley también pretende darle poderes especiales al ministro Kenney el cual podrá a punta de dedo decir que país, es y no es, seguro para vivir. Lo irónico es que los países que el ministro cree que son seguros son en los cuales la gran minería Canadiense tiene intereses económicos muy altos. No es casualidad entonces que después de que el tratado de libre comercio entre Canada y Colombia haya pasado,  que ahora personas que llevan 3 o 4 años esperando respuesta de su estadía, el ministro salga a decirles  ahora que, “Colombia es un país seguro y democrático porque de otra manera Canada no haría negocios haya”. Esto es sinceramente el colmo del cinismo.

 

JASON KENNEY, STEPHEN HARPER, Y TODOS LOS CONSERVADORES DEL PARLAMENTO SON UNA VERGÜENZA PARA CANADA, QUE RENUNCIEN!!!

 

CUTS IN THE INTERIM FEDERAL HEALTH PROGRAM 

The cuts to the IFHP are intimately linked to the recent Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, more aptly known as the Refugee Exclusion Act. They essentially deny healthcare services (including hospital services, medical services and medications) to a significant number of refugee claimants, with the exception of persons whose health issues “threaten public security or public health”. Only refugee claimants coming from certain countries will be able to access “urgent and essential” health care services.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, has stated that these cuts were introduced because of financial reasons and out of concern for “equity” with the rest of the Canadian population. Not only is this argument absurd, but it is a pretext for the introduction of ideological measures that portray migrants as intruders and threats, while completely disregarding issues of justice and human dignity. True equity would entail adequate health care for all. It is only regressive and dangerous Conservative government policies such as these that constitute a threat to public health and public security, not migrants.

The Interim Federal Health Program, already criticized for its restrictive nature, provided coverage for “essential and urgent services”, including certain essential medications and some preventative care for refugee claimants. Prior to the most recent cuts coming into effect, tens of thousands of migrants across Canada were denied health care based on their immigration status. Following the cuts imposed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, it will be hundreds of thousands more who will be living in even greater precarity.

The Refugee Exclusion Act, a,long with the IFHP cuts will create a system that further discriminates against refugee claimants on the basis of their nationality and will dramatically increase the number of people forced to live underground, without access to essential services. These policies mean more families will be separated and more people will be detained and deported. It is fundamental to mobilize against these inhumane and racist cuts.

Through Health Canada, the Federal Government has also cut all funding to the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), which was forced to shut down in June. In addition to these cuts have caused the demise of the health programs of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), which lost all of its health funding. The health programs of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) will also lose $1.5 million annually for the next two years, which is a 40 percent cut to its health budget. The Métis National Council (MNC) is also losing out, as is the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. In addition, Health Canada’s funding to the AFN has been slashed, and the country’s largest Aboriginal organization has had to lay off staff.

“The state of Aboriginal health is a national embarrassment and leadership is needed now more than ever,” said Dr. Thomas Dignan, chair of the Royal College’s Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee, in a statement. “Organizational struggles aside, NAHO played an important role in advancing Aboriginal health research.”

These funding cuts by the Conservative government further the violence being done to Indigenous Peoples in this country as well as that to Immigrants and Refugees.

 

 

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