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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.