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Lawyers join doctors and nurses in ‘end immigration detention’ campaign

May 30, 2016

Toronto Star | May. 28, 2016

Ontario lawyers are call­ing on the province to end the “arbi­trary and puni­tive deten­tion” of migrants held in provin­cial jails for vio­lat­ing the country’s immi­gra­tion laws. The move fol­lows a sim­i­lar effort by doc­tors, nurs­es and health­care pro­fes­sion­als in an open let­ter to Ontario Com­mu­ni­ty Safe­ty and Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices Min­is­ter Yasir Naqvi, after a string of recent deaths involv­ing immi­gra­tion detainees. Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to law pro­fes­sor Audrey Mack­lin said, “The con­cern we have is that peo­ple are being detained and trans­ferred to facil­i­ties for peo­ple pun­ished for crim­i­nal offences for the con­ve­nience of CBSA (Cana­da Bor­der Ser­vices Agency).” Read more.