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Join us for the Mayday March through Chinatown to Stop Bill C-31

Posted on 27 April 2012

Please join us at Nathan Phillips Square at 4pm on May 1st for the Mayday March to take a stand against Bill C-31!

More details from the organizers below:

Mayday March through Chinatown to Stop the Refugee Exclusion Act!

The anti-refugee bill C-31 currently being rushed through Parliament creates a two-tier system of refugee protection that entrenches nationality-based discrimination, mandates jail for many asylum seekers and separates families, revokes permanent residency for many who have already been granted refugee status, and violently expels refugees and migrants from Canada. This Act also introduces intrusive biometrics data collection on all migrants and gives increased powers of arrest and detention to border guards. This racist and repressive new bill is a major roll-back on an already minimalist and exclusionary refugee system.

Through Bill C-31, we are reminded of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, which virtually shut out all forms of Chinese migration and separated families for two decades. This shameful history in Canadian Immigration policy is remembered today as the Chinese Exclusion Act. If passed, Bill C-31 will be remembered as the Refugee Exclusion Act.

We cannot allow the mistakes of the past to be repeated. Bill C-31 impacts all migrants - students, temporary workers, visitors, permanent residents already settled, refugees in process, and new refugees arriving to Canada. It must be stopped.

Join us at the Rally and March on May 1 at 4pm or directly in Chinatown during the march as we insist Axe the Refugee Exclusion Act! Freedom to Move, Return, Stay!

Endorsed by: Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter, Workers Action Centre, Too Asian? Talk Back

For more information or to endorse, contact Tings Chak at nooneisillegal@riseup.net or visit www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org/May1TO

 

唐人街遊行,鏈接排華法案與C-31新難民法

現時,反難民的C31法案經由議會通過,創建了一個兩級制的難民保護系統,確立了針對國籍的歧視、將許多尋求庇護者關進監獄導致家庭分離、撤銷了許多已經獲得難民身份的人的永久居留權、並且暴力驅逐來自加拿大的難民和移民。該法案還引入了對所有移民具有侵入性的生物識別數據收集,並且增加了­邊防部隊逮捕和拘留的權力。這個充滿種族主義和壓迫性的新法案使已經是最低限度的和具有排他性的難民系統再一次的倒退。

C31法案使我們再一次的想起了1923年那個致使關閉所有中國移民、導致家庭分離近乎二十年的華人移民法。這個加拿大移民政策史上的恥辱如今被稱作排華法。如果C31法案通過,這將被稱作排除難民法。

我們不能讓歷史重演。C31法案將會影響所有的移民,包括學生、臨時工、遊客、定居的永久居民、現時的難民以及新來加拿大的難民。因此,該法案必須被叫停。

加入我們月5月1日下午4點的示威遊行,或者直接參與唐人街的遊行。我們堅決抵制排除難民法!在遊行期間您可以自由的加入或者離開!

贊同:Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter, Workers Action Centre, Too Asian? Talk Back
詳情或贊同我們,請聯系Tings Chak  nooneisillegal@riseup.net,或者浏覽我們的網站 www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org/May1TO

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For Immediate Release

March through Chinatown links Chinese Exclusion and new Refugee Bill C-31

 

Toronto -- Refugee and Immigrant Rights group No One Is Illegal - Toronto will be marching through Toronto's historic Chinatown on May 1, at approximately 5pm, to protest Bill C-31, a new immigration Bill currently being discussed in Parliament which would exclude refugees.

 

"Many in the Chinese community in Toronto remember the discriminatory Chinese Head Tax laws that made it impossible for our community to live freely and for families to be reunited," says Florence Li, interim executive director of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter." Bill C-31 is the same kind of a law, just this time, it applies to all refugees, essentially making it impossible for thousands of people to get immigration status."

 

“The Refugee Exclusion Act creates a discriminatory two-tier refugee protection system based on nationality, mandates jail time for many asylum seekers, and revokes permanent residency from many people already granted refugee status,” says Tings Chak from No One Is Illegal - Toronto.

 

"It seems that Canada has a history of passing exclusionary laws and then issuing apologies. Whether it is residential schools for  Indigenous people or the Chinese Exclusion Act or refusing entry of Indo-Canadians on the Komagata Maru or barring Jewish people on board the St. Louis from entering Canada, we see the same pattern," added Li. "It's time to save the apology and just not pass this law."

 

Chak agrees. “These kinds of laws, 'jail first, ask questions later' were already passed in Australia and have been shown to not work, there is no reason to pass C-31 in Canada."

 

Dubbed the Refugee Exclusion Act, Bill C31 is opposed by hundreds of grassroots organizations, including No One Is Illegal, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Grassroots individuals and groups, including Roma, Latin-American, and LGBT refugee groups across Canada have also mobilized against the Bill.

 

For more information:

Tings Chak, No One Is Illegal Toronto, nooneisillegal@riseup.net

 

新聞發布草案

唐人街遊行,鏈接排華法案與C-31新難民法

 

多倫多-難民及移民權利團體“沒有人是非法移民”5月1日大約下午5點,在曆史悠久的多倫多唐人街將會有一個反對C-31法案的遊行。該法案是一項國會正在討論的關于排除難民的新的移民法案。

“許多多倫多華人社區的人都對充滿歧視色彩的人頭稅記憶猶新,該人頭稅使我們無法自由生、家庭團聚,”全加華人平全會多倫多分會的臨時總幹事李可盈說。“C31是類似的一項法案,只是這一次它是針對所有的難民,使成千上萬的人無法獲得移民身份。“這項排除難民法創建了一個帶有針對國籍的、歧視色彩的兩級制難民保護體系,將許多尋求庇護者關進監獄,撤銷許多已經取得難民身份者的永久居留權,”多倫多“沒有人是非法移民”團體的翟小姐說。

  “好像加拿大有這種先通過一個具有排他性的法律,然後再為此道歉的傳統。不琯是原住民的寄宿學校,排華法案,拒絕印裔加拿大人由 Komagata Maru 入境,又或者禁止聖路易斯的猶太人入境都說明了這一點。”李補充說道。“是時候不再隻是道歉了,而應該不要通過該法案。”

 

翟小姐也表示同意。“這種“未見官先打三十大板”的法律早已在澳大利亞被證實是行不通的了,所以加拿大沒理由要通過C-31法案。”

 

被稱爲排除難民法的C31法案遭到了成百上千的基層組織的反對,包括"沒有人是非法移民”、“大赦國際”、“人權觀察”、加拿大難民律師協會、以及加拿大民權協會。基層個人及團體,包括羅馬、拉丁美洲、以及橫跨加拿大的同性戀難民團體也對該法案表示抗議。

 

詳情請聯系“沒有人是非法移民”的翟小姐:
nooneisillegal@riseup.net,或者浏覽我們的網站 www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org/May1TO



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